Former Sumners technical director Brian Hardman has joined The Farm.

Hardman is taking on the role of head of operations for The Farm North at Salford, which provides post-production services for BBC sport, children’s, entertainment, religion and current affairs, plus edit desks, booths and suites at the broadcaster’s MediaCityUK sites.

Hardman, who had been with Manchester post facility Sumners for almost 15 years, was made redundant last month.

He will now head a team of more than 60 staff that run the post-production and studio gallery operations.

He will report to The Farm Group technical director David Klafkowski, who said: “The north is an exciting area for us and Brian will be a huge asset.

“Personally, I am looking forward to working with someone with such a breadth of technical knowledge.”

The Farm secured the three-year, £10m contract in April last year.