Team eCow

eCow employs a small but dedicated team based in Exeter. We rely on their efforts each day to continue to serve our customers with great products and service.


Meet the staff...

Meet the staff…

Toby Mottram founder and Chief Engineer
Toby Mottram founder and Chief Engineer CEng. BA(Hons) MSc PhD MIET FIAgrE Chief Engineer
I founded eCow to make the best instrumentation possible for monitoring cows. I gained my first degree in Engineering and Agriculture (first class Honours) from the Open University while working as a cowman. After completing a Masters at Cranfield University I helped invent robotic milking at Silsoe Research Institute and went on to develop cow breath sampling, in-line milk progesterone analysis and in 2003 the rumen pH bolus. I let the team get on with the work most of the time while I act as science coordinator for the UK’s agricultural greenhouse gas research projects for Defra. I am the Douglas Bomford Trust Professor of Agricultural Mechanisation at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester. I have just completed another degree in Computing and Statistics so I have more time to walk the hills, go to the opera, sail and scuba dive.
Dr David L O Smith
Dr David L O Smith CEng MIAgrE Chairman
After an academic life in civil and agricultural engineering, in the USA and the UK, I left academe in 1999 to co-found Receptional, an internet marketing company, as director of operations. However, I have recently stepped back from that role, which allows me more time to fulfil my duties as a director at Unicorn Trails (worldwide horse riding holidays) for whom I have ridden in many places around the world, checking out the more adventurous new rides and escorting larger groups. I was invited to become a director of eCow in 2008. In my leisure time, I practice natural horsemanship with two horses, which we keep on our land and stables at our back gate where we have old tractors and farm machinery to help with the upkeep. When the weather is not so good, I busy myself in my workshop where I build model railway locomotives. More at:
Leah Wade: Designer and Production Manager
Leah Wade: Designer and Production Manager
Leah has been working in agricultural based industry since leaving school, specifically dealing with animal welfare on farms. She has been a vital member of the eCow team since 2012. She has a HND in Design and Innovation, and is currently studying hard for a degree. Leah volunteers as a Fund Raising manager for The Blue Cross in Tiverton – an animal rehoming centre for cats and dogs. She also loves photography, especially enjoying photographing weddings and animals. Not least, she is a devoted mother to young Jack.
Ed Wade: Data Manager
Ed Wade: Data Manager
Ed has an Open University Certificate in Computing & IT and before joining us he worked in the IT Help Desk at Exeter University. He joined eCow in October 2014. Ed is a member of the Fundraising Committee for The Blue Cross. As well as being married to Leah, and enjoying time with her and their son Jack, Ed is also a keen singer and likes to keep fit by running and playing squash.
Harriet Botterill : Office Manager
Harriet Botterill : Office Manager
Harriet has been at eCow since 2012, ensuring that the office runs smoothly. She used to work for feed company BOCM Pauls talking to farmers. Harriet is currently studying for an accountancy diploma. In her spare time Harriet enjoys the cinema, listening to music, reading and spending time with her family.