AHDB appoints new chairs to beef, lamb and pig sectors

A brace of new chairmen have been announced by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), one of which will see Stuart Roberts step out of an industry role to replace John Cross at the helm of Eblex.

Roberts, who is stepping down from a part-time role with ABP, but retains his farming interests, joins the AHDB board alongside Meryl Ward, who replaces Stewart Houston as the AHDB’s pig sector chair. Other appointments include George Lyon as an independent member and Paul Temple, who will head up the cereals and oilseed sector.

AHDB chairman Peter Kendall said: “I’m delighted to welcome these four industry experts to the AHDB board. They share my passion to both grow British agriculture and to develop AHDB into a leading centre for agricultural innovation.”

The appointments have been made jointly by Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland.

Roberts said: “I am delighted to be taking up this opportunity with the AHDB and its beef and lamb sector board. The next few years will see some big challenges and opportunities for British agriculture and I am looking forward to playing a part in helping lead AHDB’s strategy during this exciting period.”

Ward said: “I am extremely excited by the opportunities for market development, innovation and growth for the industry, and look forward to working with AHDB to make this a reality for the pig sector.”

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