Board member of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Body: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: AHDB HQ Stoneleigh
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £23,616 based on a time commitment of 72 days per annum (subject to Ministerial approval)
Time Requirements: Subject to approval from Ministers, the time commitment may increase from 36 days per annum to 72 days per annum.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    12/01/2023 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    14 &16 Feb 2023

  • Announcement

    Early March 2023


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Ministers wish to appoint two new members to the AHDB Board to attract levy payers from the Cereals & Oilseeds, and Pork sectors, together with other essential skill sets.

We want Britain to be a great place to live. Our work plays a critical role in the wellbeing of everyone in the country through the creation of healthy environments, a world-leading food and farming industry, a thriving rural economy and enhanced protection against floods and animal and plant diseases.

Appointing high-calibre people from diverse backgrounds with relevant skills, knowledge and experience to the boards of our public bodies will help us to ensure that our work is more effective, resilient and accountable.

Ministers are specifically looking for individuals interested in and capable of driving strategy and having oversight of the whole organisation. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a good overview of the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture, recognise the value of cross-sector working, as well as have sector-specific insight.

The roles are to attract current levy payers from the pork and cereals and oilseeds sectors together with other essential skill sets as defined in the essential criteria. For more information on the role, please see the Candidate Pack

Person Specification

The successful candidates will need to demonstrate the following essential criteria:

1) Current or recent levy payers with proven understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry as a whole, not just one sector, and levy payer insight, to include, where appropriate, sector-specific knowledge of one or more sectors or significant industry knowledge

2) Ability to think strategically and develop a long-term organisational vision to support levy payer engagement and ensure value for money

3) Ability to provide influential leadership, build strong relationships with the executive and support organisational change, to include increased efficiency, marketing, community-developed services including sustainability

4) The skills and ability to communicate and champion AHDB clearly and convincingly within the organisation and with stakeholders, the media and a range of public-and private-sector organisations

Additional Information

For additional information, please email Jackie Kay at AHDB:

1_AHDB Board Member Candidate Pack
2_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of interest conduct and advertising Questionnaire)
3_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Questionnaire)
4_Public Appointments Guidance Notes
5_Privacy Notice
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