AHDB seeks new chief executive

The hunt is on for a new leader for the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), following the resignation of its current chief executive, Tom Taylor.

The AHDB has announced that Taylor, who has headed the organisation for more than four years, will be stepping down from his role at the end of November.

He said: “We have resolved a lot of challenges that we faced in 2010. We have reduced our overhead costs significantly and spent more money on direct levy payer services than ever before. The losses we were incurring have been eradicated and small surpluses are now being made, which are being invested in improved levy payer services. We are set to move into our new accommodation shortly, so that our staff will be operating out of a single building at Stoneleigh for the first time since we were formed.

“We are now well represented on several influential government committees, where we can support our levy payers, and we have over 30 cross-sector research projects up and running. It is time for me to move on to new challenges.”

Peter Kendall, AHDB chair, said: “Tom’s leadership has been invaluable in bringing the organisation to this point and he will leave it in a good state for his successor to take it through the next phase of development to improve even further the benefits to levy payers across all sectors from working as one organisation.”

AHDB has now started the recruitment process for Taylor’s successor and, in the meantime, the organisation’s deputy chief executive Mick Sloyan will cover his duties.

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