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.
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).
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.
Fiona Fell (Deputy Chairman)
  • 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.
Ursula Lavery
  • Technical & R&D Director Europe at Moy Park
  • Career at Moy Park has spanned 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
Peter Ewart (Legal Counsel)

Peter is a consultant solicitor at BPE Solicitors. Previously Peter has provided on-house services to the STEM sector in the computer networking, material science, pharmaceutical and food industries.

John Henning (Chair of ARRC)
  • 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.