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Austin Smithers

Austin SmithersAustin is a Corporate Dealer and industry specialist within the Meat/Farming sector for Global Reach Partners although based in London he deals with a large number of clients in Ireland and throughout the UK assisting his customers ON Foreign Exchange hedging and general treasury requirements. He works closely with various Meat Associations such as AIMS and SAMW.

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Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson Mary Thompson is managing director of Cargills European Poultry business

John Royle

John Royle is chief livestock adviser at the National Farmers Union

Andy Lea

Andy LeaAndy Lea is regional director at Weddel Swift Distribution

Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson

Gary is an independent butcher based in Heckington. His shop won Butchers Shop of the Year 2015

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Charles Sercombe

Charles SercombeNFU livestock board chairman and sheep farmer from Leicestershire

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Ruth Cousins

Ruth CousinsRuth joined him! in 2014 following a job in a PR agency specialising in travel writing. Having graduated from Bournemouth University with a Multimedia Journalism degree, she has been involved in the organisation and production of a number of documentary films as well blog writing. Outside of the him! office Ruth enjoys attending ballet classes and strives to travel as often as possible.

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Nicholas Robinson

Nicholas Robinson is food and drink editor on our sister title the Morning Advertiser.

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Rob Shelley

Rob Shelley established Maritime Cargo Services in 1992 with the vision of providing a professional freight forwarding company tailored towards the logistics needs of the wholesale and retail industries.

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LIz Murphy

Liz MurphyLiz Murphy is director of the International Meat Trade Association which represents more than 60 importers, exporters and wholesalers as well as associate members from relevant sectors including shipping, freight forwarding, ports, levy boards and cold storage.

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Jean-Pierre Garnier

Jean-Pierre GarnierJP is export manager at AHDB and has more than 35 years of experience in the meat sector having worked in many countries and across the meat supply chain. He heads meat exports for AHDB Pork and AHDB Beef and Lamb and is involved with the marketing of pork, processed pork products and co-products to more than 40 markets.

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Terry Jones

Terry JonesTerry Jones is director general for the Provisions Trade Federation, the trade association for the Meat and Dairy Trade. He is responsible for overall direction and strategy, external affairs and advice to PTF Council.

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Sara Elkholy

Sara ElkholySara manages the internal consultancy function within a group of food companies, including Fairfax Meadow and Tendercut Meats. She has a personal passion for the halal sector and writes her own blog, halalyou.com

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Paul Garnham

Paul GarnhamPaul is MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, one of the worlds largest producers of meat and poultry

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Norman Bagley

norman bagleyNorman Bagley runs the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), which represents medium and small independent businesses in the slaughtering and further processing sector.

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Rizvan Khalid

Rizvan KhalidRizvan is an expert on halal, an Eblex board member, and director of Euro Quality Lambs.

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Dr Phil Hadley

Phil Hadley

Phil is the senior southern regional manager at Eblex, with expertise in supply chains, livestock production and abattoir systems, meat hygiene and animal health and welfare

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Danny Lidgate

Danny Lidgate

Danny is a fifth-generation butcher, Q Guild member, and managing director at C Lidgate butchers in Holland Park, London.

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Andrew Rhodes

Andrew RhodesAndrew is chief operating officer at the Food Standards Agency, responsible for all of the physical activities that go on to keep food safe.

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Charles Baughan

Charles BaughanCharles is managing director of Westaway Sausages a specialist pork sausage producer based in Devon.

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