Better value for farmers will be among the targets set for a new chief executive at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The AHDB is recruiting a successor to Tom Taylor, who is leaving the organisation at the end of November.

Having reduced AHDB overheads during four years in the £150,000/year role, Mr Taylor said it was now time to move on to new challenges.

“We have reduced our overhead costs significantly and spent more money on direct levy-payer services than ever before.

“The losses we were incurring have been eradicated and small surpluses are now being made, which are being invested in improved levy-payer services.”

AHDB chairman Peter Kendall, who joined the levy body less than six months ago, said Mr Taylor’s leadership had been invaluable in bringing the organisation to this point. But the AHDB should be even more ambitious, Mr Kendall suggested.

Speaking about Mr Taylor’s departure from the AHDB, Mr Kendall said: “He will leave it in a good state for his successor to take it through the next phase of development to improve even further the benefits to levy-payers across all sectors from working as one organisation.”

Once Mr Taylor leaves, his duties will be covered by AHDB deputy chief executive Mick Sloyan until a successor is appointed.