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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.