Members of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Body: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Appointing Department: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Sector: Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire
Skills required: Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital
Number of Vacancies: 6
Remuneration: £11,808
Time Requirements: 36 days per annum


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The UK government and devolved administration agriculture ministers have appointed five new board members to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Cereals levy payers Sarah Bell and Stephen Briggs, Beef and Lamb levy payer Colin Bateman and Dairy levy payer Lyndon Edwards bring experience in each of the organisation’s main cropping sectors.

The organisation will also benefit from added legal expertise with the appointment of Dr Catherine Mackenzie, a lawyer with a background in agriculture and digital development, as well as Stephen Briggs’ agroforestry expertise.

The new appointees will help to broaden the organisation’s skill base as part of a commitment to modernising the main board.

All five appointees began their three-year terms on 13 September 2021.

Date: 28/09/2021

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    30/04/2021 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    24 and 25 June, and 6 and 9 July (9 July is am only)

  • Announcement

    28/09/2021 at 14:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a UK-wide non-departmental public body which was established on 1 April 2008 under the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008.

AHDB collects a statutory levy from all farmers and growers across six sectors to enable development work that individual businesses might struggle to do on their own. Levies are used to deliver tools and services that support the sectors to become more competitive and sustainable. We do this through knowledge transfer, research and development, market intelligence and market development.

AHDB currently serves the six sectors of:

  • Pig meat in England
  • Beef and lamb in England
  • Horticulture in Great Britain
  • Milk in Great Britain
  • Potatoes in Great Britain
  • Cereals and oilseeds in the United Kingdom

Person Specification

In line with the new skills-based main board, AHDB is seeking to recruit six new board members who are enthusiastic about the future and keen to help us shape AHDB so it is fit to deliver for industry.

We 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 and horticulture, recognise the value of cross-sector working, as well as have sector-specific insight.

Three of the roles are to attract current levy payers from Beef & Lamb, Cereals & Oilseeds, Dairy and Potatoes, together with other essential skill sets. The remaining three roles are required to have a specific area of skill and experience but ideally in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data/IT/Digital transformation
  • The environment/Sustainability
  • Communication and engagement
  • Transformational change
  • Knowledge of international markets
  • Business management
  • Corporate finance

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

  • Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)
  • Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be emailed to quoting reference APPT01-21 by the closing date of 5pm on 30 April 2021.

If you have any questions about the appointments process, please contact Public Appointments Team at

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared with a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes where possible. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, please contact

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jackie Kay, HR Director, at:

AHDB Member candidate pack
2_Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest and Conduct)
3_Monitoring form 2 (Diversity and political activity form)
4_Public Appointments Guidance Notes (1)
5_Public Appointments Privacy Notice
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