At the end of the First World War, Will Powys drew several thousand acres around the Kisima spring on the northern slopes of Mount Kenya under the soldier settler scheme. This was fortunate as the spring ensured his land had water, which enabled him to survive the years ahead when many other settlers did not.
Will went to work for an established farmer, taking his pay in trees, stock, and machinery. In 1927, he was able to start his business at Kisima, 8,000 feet above sea level.
Will married Elizabeth and together they had three children: Rose, who lived at Ngare Ndare until her death in early 2018, Charles, who was killed in a gun accident in 1964, and Gilfrid, who chaired the Kisima board for 47 years and was head of the Kisima enterprise until his death in December 2017.
Members of the Powys / Dyer family continue to work for and on Kisima Farm. Anne Powys, Marian Wreford Smith, Francis Dyer, and Michael Dyer are Board members. Charles Dyer serves as Kisima’s General Manager for Forestry and the Kisima Foundation. Martin Dyer serves as Kisima’s Project Development Director.
They are supported by Jonathan Moss (Managing Director), Shaun Miller (General Manager Arable), Craig Oulton (General Manager Floriculture), Eldad Mwakughu (Finance Manager), and over 600 other employees.
Board of Directors
Chairman: Mr Nick Hutchinson
Managing Director: Dr Jonathan Moss
Board Members: Mr Michael Dyer, Mr Michael Turner, Mr Francis Dyer, Ms Anne Powys, and Ms Marian Wreford Smith.