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.
Mark is head of livestock procurement at Dawn Meats UK, based in Bedfordshire. Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, Mark has experience of every aspect of the meat processing sector. He is currently responsible for purchasing cattle and sheep for all five Dawn Meats abattoirs, which involves interaction with farmer suppliers as well as managing a team of livestock buyers.
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.
Howard is a seventh generation farmer and grazier from Romney Marsh, in Kent. He returned home to the family farm in 1984 after a commission in The Royal Navy and some work in New Zealand. He farms in partnership with his wife Yvonne and they keep 800 Romney Marsh ewes on 250 acres of grassland, mostly designated SSSI.
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 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 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).
Andy is a fifth generation commercial mixed arable and beef farmer, farming about 650 acres in Dorset.He is chairman of both the NFU regional livestock board and beef group, and also local chairman of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.
Ed Green has 20 years industry experience, running a 915-acre mixed family farming business in Somerset, fattening beef cattle and growing a variety of arable crops. Ed also lambs 300 ewes and is chairman of the Meat South West and the NFU National Beef Group.
Rizvan is senior director of Euro Quality Lambs, a family-run abattoir based in Shropshire, with a focus on the lamb export trade. A chartered accountant by profession, Rizvan has also completed an MSc in Meat Science and Technology. He is an active member of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS).
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.
Richard is the group agriculture director for ABP UK, based in Somerset and Dorset. He is also on the board of Meat South West and sits on the AHDB forecasting forum. Richard, a director of Romford Halal, developed the Blade Farming operation and is the managing director, overseeing calf rearing and beef finishing units throughout the UK. Richard’s background includes agriculture director for the Hilton Food Group Ltd, which is Europe’s largest red meat packing operation.
Adam Quinney – Chairman
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.
Ros is an eighth generation farmer, running her own grassland farm in Leicestershire. She has a flock of 125 early lambing Suffolk Cross ewes and 250 Mules ewes lambing in March, and also produces hay and haylage for the equine market. In addition, Ros runs a small retail grass and fodder crop seed business. Off the farm, she is actively involved in the NFU and is currently a member of the East Midlands regional livestock board.
Paul and wife Kirsty run the 230-head Melview Farming farm business in Gloucestershire. They have a herd of Pedigree Aberdeen Angus and also finish Angus x Holstein Friesian heifers and pure Holstein bulls on contract to Blade Farming. Prior to farming, Paul gained extensive experience in the supply chain as a butcher and in the breeding industry.