Philip AbbottPhil Abbott AHDB Beef & Lamb board member

Philip Abbott, a second generation farmer, runs a flock of 380 ewes on 198 acres in North Warwickshire with his wife Ailsa. He has been involved in farming all his life and also sits on the NFU national Livestock Board.



Peter BaberPeter Baber

Peter Baber has been a commercial sheep farmer for the last 25 years, farming in Devon with 1,050 breeding ewes and 400 ewe lambs. He is chairman of several industry bodies, including English Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG).  He is a board member and former chairman of Meat South West.


Conor Colgan

Conor Colgan is a pedigree Salers and combinable crops farmer in a family partnership of 830 acres in Northumberland.

Conor Colgan

He is originally from Northern Ireland, where he continues to farm. His father, as part of the Livestock & Meat Commission (LMC), contributed to the design of the first Farm Quality Assurance Scheme in the UK and helped secure valuable markets in Europe. Conor continues this family tradition of innovation in beef production. He has pioneered the use of Lean management principles in farming and is installing a Leader-funded ‘Precision Beef Farming
Facility’ for the purposes of breed improvement, grassland management and feeding trials.

Conor holds an MBA in Advanced Farm Management. He sits on the Governing Council of the
Institute of Agricultural Management and is involved in the local NFU.

Steve ConisbeeSteve Conisbee AHDB Beef & Lamb board member

Steve Conisbee is a former meat inspector, a ninth generation farmer and butcher, and runs 400 cattle, 350 ewes and 4,000 turkeys from his 850-acre farm in Surrey. He has also sat on the NFU South East Livestock Board for six years.



James EvansJames Evans AHDB Beef & Lamb board member

James Evans farms in partnership with father John and brother Rob in Shropshire, managing the livestock enterprises of 300 Stabiliser Suckler cows and 1,100 Lleyn X ewes. He is a director for the National Beef Association and is involved with the National Beef sector committee for the NFU.



Gill FineGill Fine AHDB Beef & Lamb board

Gill is a public health nutritionist, with 30 years experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors and is a former director, Consumer Choice and Dietary Health (CCDH) at the Food Standards Agency (FSA).




Laurie IbbotsonLaura Ibbotson

Laurie is from a farming family in the Peak District, North Derbyshire. Living on a traditional upland suckler cow and sheep farm, she has a very practical knowledge of cattle husbandry and is passionate about sustainable livestock production.

As the Commercial Director for Dovecote Park, beef processors for Waitrose, she understands the complexities of producing great quality beef from a commercial perspective. In her varied role she oversees livestock schemes and procurement (beef, veal and venison), as well as the sales and new product development teams.

Outside of work and helping out on the farm Laurie’s hobbies revolve around horses – both
breeding and competing – as well as participating in sports and fitness activities.

Duncan NellessDuncan Nelless AHDB Beef & Lamb board

Duncan Nelless farms with dad Henry and brother Angus, running 1,500 ewes and 110 suckler cows on 390 hectares in Northumberland. He has 25 years experience in the industry and has also been chairman of the Scottish and Borders Lleyn Breeders Club.



Adam Quinney – ChairmanAdam Quinney

Adam is the Chair of AHDB Beef & Lamb, having previously served as a Board member for AHDB Beef & Lamb (then EBLEX) between 2010 and 2012. He has held a number of other prominent industry positions such as a member of the NFU National Livestock Committee, Chairman of the NFU West Midland Livestock Forum, and NFU Vice President.  He is a trustee of the Studley College Trust and was the first English ASDA beef scholar. His farm at Sambourne, near Redditch, Worcestershire, comprises sheep, a beef suckler unit and a beef finishing unit.

James ShoulerJames Shouler

James is a fourth-generation farmer running a 350 acre mixed farm in Oxfordshire. He has a pedigree Simmental herd of 50 cows, which calve in both spring and autumn, and sells pedigree breeding bulls and replacement heifers into commercial farms.



Richard SpareyRichard Sparey

Richard is a third-generation farmer whose grandfather moved to south Hereford as a tenant in the late forties. He now farms in partnership with his brother and mother, running lowland and upland flocks of breeding ewes and aiming to produce all of his lambs off forage. This year he will be lambing 1,800 ewes in two blocks.

The partnership also run 120 suckler cows, with an emphasis on genetics and EBVs for both sheep and beef. The farm is also home to an Assured Finishing Unit and Richard grows a range of combinable crops and maize.

Richard has always been involved heavily in the Young Farmers’ Clubs and the local NFU, and is
looking forward to the new challenge of joining the AHDB Beef & Lamb board.

Steve ThompsonSteve Thompson

Steve is a Business Unit director for ABP and has responsibility for the company’s flagship processing facility in Ellesmere, Shropshire. The certified carbon neutral site employs over 900 people and is a supplier of beef to some of the UK’s leading retailers and foodservice providers.

Steve comes from a farming background and has a thorough understanding of the farm-to-fork process following 30 years working in the food and agriculture sector, including 10 years spent working for the Meat and Livestock Commission (now AHDB).

Robert VennerRobert Venner

Robert Venner is a partner with the auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt, where he is partner in charge of Sedgemoor Auction Centre. He is a member of the Livestock Auctioneers Association and current Chair of Meat South West.

He also farms a pedigree herd of Aberdeen Angus in partnership with his mother in Devon.


Trevor Bellis

Trevor from Janan Meat brings more than 40 years’ experience within the retail and supply sector – having held positions ranging from store manager to category buying manager. He has also held senior positions within the Co-operative Group, Dunbia andVion  before joining Janan as Sales Manager. With a passion for the farming industry, Trevor is keen to play his part in delivering the best produce the UK has to offer.




Colin Bateman

Colin, an upland farmer in Cumbria, is currently lambing 900 ewes and calving 70 suckler cows on a rotational grazing system. He aims to represent the voice of farmers across the country. He is particularly interested in building farm resilience through the use of technology and modern grazing techniques.