Worcestershire farmer Adam Quinney is the new chair of AHDB’s beef and lamb sector board, filling the post which fell vacant when former chair, Stuart Roberts, resigned in the midst of reports that his action was due to Defra trying to influence how levy payers’ money is spent.
Although the Defra/levy debate was centred on beef and lamb, the organisation’s activities across all its responsibilities, including pigmeat, were called into question at the time.
The appointment of the new chair, however, was applauded by AHDB chairman Peter Kendall who said that Mr Quinney “shares my passion and ambition for UK agriculture”.
“His knowledge of the whole industry will be invaluable to us as we look to deliver greater value for levy payers,” said Mr Kendall. “His expertise in the beef and lamb sector is especially important in these volatile markets and I look forward to working with him.”
Mr Quinney (pictured above) was previously a board member of AHDB Beef & Lamb (then EBLEX) between 2010 and 2012. He has also held a number of other prominent positions in the industry, including being a member of the NFU’s national livestock committee, chairman of the NFU West Midland livestock forum and NFU vice president.