AHDB establishes new leadership team

Three new senior appointments to the agricultural levy board AHDB complete the newly restructured leadership team.

Richard Laverick joined AHDB in 2013. He has been made chief technical officer of all areas of the research and development and knowledge exchange. This includes work carried out by the dairy, pork, beef & lamb, horticulture, potato and cereals & oilseeds sectors of the organisation. His position will be effective as of 5 October.

Tom Hind will be joining AHDB as the chief strategy officer responsible for leading on strategic planning. Prior to his new position with AHDB, Hind acted as the agriculture director for Tesco. His new role sees him direct the relationship management with the group’s six sectors, as well as developing their market intelligence. Similar to Laverick, he will start in his new role from 5 October.

AHDB’s chief communications and market development officer has been appointed to Christine Watts. Her responsibilities will see her lead a joined-up approach to the export and domestic market development work carried out by AHDB. Watts will also focus on creating a more accessible method of presenting information on both digital and traditional channels. Her start date is yet to be confirmed.

“I am delighted to welcome Tom, Richard and Christine,” said AHDB chief executive Jane King. “Together they bring a wealth of leadership experience and skills to our new top team, and will work with our staff to create a step-change in AHDB activity.

The leadership team consists of the chief executive, chief strategy officer, chief technical officer, chief communications and market development officer, the chief finance officer and the chief HR officer.

“Our focus is firmly on delivering value for money, avoiding duplication and working smarter – taking us towards becoming a centre of agricultural excellence for our levy payers,” King concluded.

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