Meat industry figures appointed to new government board

01 November, 2011

Two of the meat industry’s leading figures have been appointed as the first non-executive directors of the new Animal Health and Welfare Board for England.

Bpex chairman and National Pig Associatioon chief executive Stewart Houston and Anglo Beef Processors’ (ABP) agriculture and livestock director Stuart Roberts have been appointed to help develop the government’s strategic animal health and welfare policy, working alongside the chief veterinary officer and civil servants to make policy recommendations.

Two other non-executives were also appointed: Mark Tufnell, chairman of the business and rural economy sub-committee for the Country Land & Business Association (CLA), and Tim Morris, the British Horseracing Authority’s director of the department of equine science and welfare.

Agriculture Minister Jim Paice announced the appointments, saying he was delighted to have four strong members bringing their expertise to the board.

He said: “Farmers, veterinarians and animal keepers have a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are bringing them to the heart of government to advise on the policies that affect them, and ensure good animal welfare standards.

AHWB’s board chairman Michael Seals said: “The appointment of these members means we are now ready to get on with business and I am looking forward to the first meeting of the board in early November.

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