Five new people have been elected to the National Pig Association (NPA) producer group after a vote in which slightly over 50% of producer members took part.
Four of the new team are from East Anglia while one of the new arrivals is a woman – meaning there are now two females on thye Producer Group, an “all-time record” according to the NPA.
The successful candidates, 12 in total, were chosen from an entry list of 16. They are:
- Richard Lister (North)
- Richard Longthorp (North)
- Phil Stephenson (North)
- Charlie Allen (South-central)
- Sally Stockings (South-central)
- Sam Godfrey (Midlands)
- Andrew Freemantle (South-west)
- Sophie Hope (South-west)
- Simon Guise (East)
- Andrew Houston (East)
- Robert Mutimer (East)
- Colin Stone (East)
“I am pleased so many producer members (108) voted online, as it’s a more cost-effective way for NPA to conduct elections,” said NPA chief executive, Zoe Davies. “I would like to commend all 16 candidates. The vote was very close in places, which just goes to show what an excellent spread of candidates we had. NPA is fortunate to have such high-quality members.”
The first meeting of the new group will be on March 25, at the Farmers’ Club in London, when a new chairman will be elected to replace Howard Revell, who didn’t stand for re-election.