Beef & Lamb Engagement team
Your first port of call at AHDB is your regional manager. If you’re unsure which region you are in, just contact one manager and they will put you in touch with the right person.
Emily Symonds, Knowledge Exchange Manager
Emily has experience across the beef and lamb supply chain. Recently, she has been working within the R&D sector linking businesses up with science then translating the knowledge back to a business/farm level.
E: Emily.Symonds@ahdb.org.uk T: 07964 243 699
Karl Pendlebury, Knowledge Exchange Manager
Karl has more than 35 years’ experience in the beef and lamb sector. He has knowledge of animal trading, auditing of food businesses and has worked with major retailers in their technical supply chains as a specifications manager.
E: Karl.Pendlebury@ahdb.org.uk T: 07392 319 847
Emma Steele, Knowledge Exchange Manager
Emma is from a mixed livestock farm in East Yorkshire and has expertise in sheep and beef genetic evaluations for commercial and pedigree breeders.
E: Emma.Steele@ahdb.org.uk T: 07392 319 813
South East and Anglia
Dr Nerys Wright, Knowledge Exchange Manager
Nerys has a strong technical background in sheep production including ewe nutrition, worm control and lameness. She is a qualified farm animal SQP and has a PhD in sheep body condition scoring and its impact on flock performance.
E: Nerys.Wright@ahdb.org.uk T: 07891 187 643
Leah Shanks, Knowledge Exchange Manager
Leah gained an MSc in Veterinary Microbiology from the University of Surrey and has worked in policy and communications for the Antimicrobial Resistance team at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.
E: Leah.Shanks@ahdb.org.uk T: 07979 943 392
Samantha Charlton, Head of Engagement
Sam started in commercial banking before moving to Lloyds Bank as an Agricultural Manager. She joined AHDB in 2017 from her previous role at the NFU. Her interest around the financial performance of agri-businesses continues with AHDB.
E: Samantha.Charlton@ahdb.org.uk T: 07717 501 564