Our Contributors

Tom Dracup

Tom DracupTom Dracup is livestock advisor for the National Farmers’ Union

Greg Thatcher

Greg ThatcherGreg Thatcher is director of RP Meats

Louise McWhirter

Louise McWhirterLouise McWhirter is head of insights at HIM!

Tom Wood

Tom WoodTom Wood is the captain of Team GB’s World Butchers’ Challenge team and owner of Tom Wood Artisan Butcher

Gareth Pearson

Gareth PearsonGareth Pearson is managing director and head chef of Pureety Gourmet Flavours.

Ian Graham

Ian GrahamIan Graham is an agent at wholesaler John Scott Meat.

Shraddha Kaul

Shraddha KaulShraddha Kaul is public affairs and public relations manager at the British Poultry Council

Austin Smithers

Austin Smithers Austin 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.

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson Mary Thompson is managing director of Cargill’s European Poultry business

John Royle

John Royle is chief livestock adviser at the National Farmers’ Union

Andy Lea

Andy Lea Andy Lea is regional director at Weddel Swift Distribution

Gary Simpson

Gary Simpson Gary is an independent butcher based in Heckington. His shop won Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2015

Charles Sercombe

Charles Sercombe NFU livestock board chairman and sheep farmer from Leicestershire

Ruth Cousins

Ruth Cousins Ruth 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.

Nicholas Robinson

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

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.

Liz Murphy

Liz Murphy Liz 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.

Jean-Pierre Garnier

Jean-Pierre Garnier JP 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.”

Terry Jones

Terry Jones Terry 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.

Sara Elkholy

Sara Elkholy Sara 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

Paul Garnham

Paul Garnham Paul is MD Europe and Africa for Tyson International, one of the world’s largest producers of meat and poultry

Norman Bagley

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

Rizvan Khalid

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

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

Danny Lidgate

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

Andrew Rhodes

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

Charles Baughan

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


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