AHDB launches search for new leaders

The government has launched its search for two new leaders at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The post currently held by Lincolnshire-based arable and pig farmer John Godfrey (pictured) will come to an end on 31 March as Mr Godfrey completes his three-year term of office.

A second AHDB board member with specialist knowledge of the potato sector is also being sought. The chairmanship of the Potato Council sector board has been open since the death of David Piccaver, in December 2013. Mr Piccaver also farmed in Lincolnshire.

These two vacancies, both ministerial appointments, are now being advertised by DEFRA and the devolved administrations.

An AHDB statement said the AHDB chairman would lead the organisation through a time of significant industry change, while continuing to drive and implement internal efficiencies, with value for money continuing to be a strong AHDB theme.

“The new chairman will have to demonstrate that levy payers are getting a good return on their investment in the drive to become more efficient, competitive and sustainable on a world stage. A clear industry vision, influence and an ability to inspire are placed high on the person specification,” the statement aded.

For more information potential applicants should email DEFRA at: publicappts@defra.gsi.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2014.

Successful applicants will be expected to start in April 2014.

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