A total of 13 candidates have so far entered the race for the NPA Pig Industry Group (PIG) elections, with more expected to come forward before nominations close in early January.
Over the past week or, NPA chair and Norfolk outdoor producer Rob Mutimer has put his name forward for election for another three years on PIG, although he has stated that he won’t serve another term as NPA chair.
Cranswick’s Ash Gilman, another current PIG member, has also submitted his nomination, taking the total number of candidates in the producer race to six, so far:
- Tom Allen
- Joe Dewhirst
- Ash Gilman
- Rob Mutimer
- Phil Stephenson
- Helen Webb
The allied industry race is also hotting up, with seven candidates nominated so far, the most recent being Thames Valley Cambac’s Oliver Bown and Josep Lunt from Zarkos-Smith Associates:
- Oliver Bown, Thames Valley Cambac
- Peter Bryant, A-One Feeds
- Andy Hall, AM Warkup
- Joseph Lunt, Zarkos-Smith Associates
- Jon McKechnie, HIPRA
- Michelle Sprent, Premier Nutrition
- Gemma Thwaites, Garth Pig Practice
Find out more
- You can view the allied industry manifestos HERE
- You can view the producer manifestos HERE
- Everything you need to know about the elections, including regular updates on who is standing, in the NPA’ dedicated NPA Election 24 section HERE
- The deadline for nominations is January 8, 2024.
The NPA is seeking candidates for eight producer and four allied member seats on a streamlined PIG.
Producers will be elected on the basis of the most votes received, rather than on a regional basis. Efforts will be made to ensure a balance between indoor and outdoor production and independent and corporate producers.
Allied members will be elected via most votes in four categories – buildings/equipment, health, marketing/processing and nutrition.
Producers will only vote for producers, and allied industry for allied industry, with one vote per membership.
Get your nominations in!
With three weeks left to nominate, the NPA’s elected leaders are urging potential candidates to put their names forward.
In a recent post on the NPA forum, vice-chair Hugh Crabtree said: “Well done allied members for coming forward!
“Producers! Where are you? This is a real and beneficial opportunity for the next generation to get involved at the heart of our trade association’s policy making.
“Closing date is January 8, so please, please act now and get your nomination forms submitted!”
NPA chairman Rob Mutimer is also urging people from across the sector to consider putting their names forward.
“There are so many talented and driven people right across this industry and we really do want to see as many candidates as possible putting their names forward,” he said.
“You can really make a big difference to the NPA and its hard-working team and, ultimately, to the wider industry, as we grapple with so many important issues – from how the supply chain operates to the sustainability and welfare agendas and so much more.
“As members of PIG have testified, there are many benefits of being on PIG and it is not overly burdensome, although we do expect real commitment from those elected.”