Board

Tim Bennett (Chairman)

– Former Chairman of the Food Standards Agency
– Trustee and former Chairman of the Farmers Club
– Trustee of Elm Farm Organic Research Centre
– A member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales
– Deputy President and then President of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales between 1998 and 2006.
– Governor of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research between 2000 and 2006.
– Chairman of DairyCo – the Milk Sector Division of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board between 2007 and 2014

Fiona Fell

– Deputy Chair of CIEL
– Fiona has held NED and Governance roles within Agriculture, Animal Health & Welfare, and the Charitable Sector for the past 20 years
– Chairman of AHDB Potatoes and member of the AHDB Board 2014 – 2017 (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board)
– Potato Council Board member 2007 – 2014
– Non-executive director of The Moredun Foundation and The Moredun Research Institute (1996-2007), which exists to prevent and control the infectious diseases of livestock through distinguished research
– Veterinary Surgeon

Nick Major

– Corporate Affairs Director, ForFarmers
– Previously Chair, Interim Management Board, CIEL
– Chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC)
– President of the European Feed Manufacturers Federation (FEFAC)

Ursula Lavery

– Technical & R&D Director Europe  at Moy Park
– BSc Hons Food Science (Queens University), Diploma in Packaging, Diploma in French
– Worked in Moy Park across a number of disciplines  – including Sales & Marketing, Operations and Technical management
– Key focus on Food Safety, Food Integrity, Agricultural Technical, Animal Welfare and Scientific R&D
– Key work on pathogens: previously a member of the FSA Joint Working Group on Campylobacter and the ACT board; Research on Campylobacter reduction on farm and factory which culminated in  design and implementation of a factory intervention; detailed work on Listeria management and control in High Risk facilities
– Key work on Antibiotic Reduction and AMR including member of Strategic Forum on AMR Stewardship
– Member of a number of Technical Director Forums including British Poultry Council (BPC)
– Board member of NIFDA (N Ireland Food & Drink Association) and Industrial Advisory Board of the Institute of Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queens University Belfast

John Henning

– Experienced agricultural banker and now industry advocate / farmer with particular interest in promoting the agri-food industry

– Chairman AgriSearch

– Board Member Countryside Services Ltd

– Vice President Royal Ulster Agricultural Society

– Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies.

Sophie Throup

– Agricultural Manager at Morrisons PLC
– Former CEO Of XLVets Training Services & Managing Director at RAFT Solutions
– Background in public relations and project management with ASDA, WalMart, ZPR and Bishopton Vet Group.

Professor Quintin McKellar CBE

– Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Hertfordshire
– Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Pirbright Institute
– Member of the Hertfordshire LEP and chair of the Hatfield Renewal Project Board
– Board member of Universities UK (UUK), and chair of the University Vocational Awards Council
– Member of the Government’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board; former chair of the HE Funding Council Apprenticeship Grants Panel
– Made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011 for services to science
– Distinguished researcher with interests in the pharmacology of anti-infective and anti-inflammatory drugs in domestic   animals, gaining a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology
– Formerly Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute and Chief Executive of the Moredun Foundation and former Principal of The Royal Veterinary College of the University of London.