AHDB’s live digital event on 23 June 2017 explored in the round the impacts of Brexit one year on for UK agriculture and horticulture.

Videos from the three panel sessions, available below, see the experts from AHDB, the NFU and Andersons discuss where agriculture is a year after the referendum vote, the big issues that have emerged for the agri-food sector and what farm businesses can do to gear up for the change ahead. Full agenda and speakers can be found below the videos.

AHDB Horizon publications provide vital insight to the industry on issues including trade, labour and support.

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Videos - 23 June 2017

Session 1 - Where we are we? With AHDB’s Phil Bicknell, David Swales and Sarah Baker

Session 2 - What are the big issues? With Phil Bicknell (AHDB), Tom Keen (NFU) and Graham Redman (Andersons)

Session 3 - What do we need to do next? With AHDB’s Jack Watts, Philip Dolbear and Peter Hardwick


Date: 23 June 2017

Hosted and chaired by John Bates, AHDB Senior Media & PR Manager

Session 1:  Where are we?

Panel: Phil Bicknell, AHDB Market Intelligence Director
David Swales, AHDB Head of Strategic Insight
Sarah Baker, AHDB Senior Analyst

Since the referendum, AHDB has focused efforts on delving into the detail, with its Horizon series of reports providing vital insight to the industry at this time of uncertainty. To kick off, we’ll be reflecting back on the last twelve months and taking stock of our current position.

Session 2:  What are the big issues?

Panel: Phil Bicknell, AHDB Market Intelligence Director
Graham Redman, Partner, The Andersons Centre
Tom Keen, EU Exit and International Trade Adviser, NFU

While the specifics for individual farmers will vary depending on sector, size and even location, some common themes have emerged for the agri-food sector. We’ll hear from farmers on their key concerns as they look ahead to a post-Brexit world and our expert panel will give their view on the trade, labour and farm policy issues that dominate discussions.

Session 3:   What do we need to do next?  

Panel: Jack Watts, AHDB Lead Analyst
Philip Dolbear, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager
Peter Hardwick, AHDB Head of Exports

Just because we’re in uncertain times and we face several variables beyond our control, it shouldn’t mean we take a wait and see approach. Change will happen, different scenarios are emerging and we believe that planning for a different future is going to be critical. We’ll look at the key questions we think farm businesses need to be asking themselves, hear from farmers what they’re doing to prepare for the future and look at how AHDB is gearing up with new tools and resources to help.


John Bates
John Bates; AHDB Senior Media & PR Manager

John is a media and communications specialist focusing on issues management, planned and reactive communications including giving reliable PR support and media management advice on high profile, complex matters to protect and enhance reputations. John works across all sector but has extensive experience in the dairy sector. 




Phil Bicknell

Phil Bicknell; Market Intelligence Director

Phil joined AHDB in January 2017 to head up the 60 strong team of market and data specialists providing high quality, independent analysis and insight. Phil joins from the National Farmers Union, where he was Head of Food and Farming and formerly the NFU Chief Economist. Growing up on the family livestock farm, Phil is an agricultural economics graduate from the University of Reading and has worked in agri-economic/food roles for the British Potato Council, the USDA and Bidwells.


David SwalesDavid Swales; AHDB Head of Strategic Insight

David Swales joined the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in 2010 and is currently Head of Strategic Insight. He is responsible for consumer and market intelligence research. His team provides information to levy payers as well as providing evidence to shape the organisation’s strategic direction. Most recently, he has written a number of AHDB’s Horizon reports on issues relating to Brexit. 



Sarah BakerSarah Baker; AHDB Senior Analyst

Sarah joined AHDB in August 2015 as a Senior Analyst in Strategic Insight. Since the referendum, Sarah has been primarily focused on the Horizon series of publications, examining the likely effects of Brexit on the industry. Sarah is an agricultural economist from Wye College and worked extensively in the animal health industry prior to joining AHDB.



Graham RedmanGraham Redman; Partner, The Anderson Centre

Centre research team. His work covers a wide variety of research for the agri-industry and food supply chain sectors. The team interprets agricultural change providing specialist business research, training, briefings, and publishes information. His specialisms include global grain economics and agricultural competitiveness.



Tom KeenTom Keen; EU Exit and International Trade Adviser, NFU

Tom took up his post in the NFU’s newly formed EU Exit and International Trade team in June this year.  The team coordinates, develops and promotes NFU policy concerning Brexit and trade, bringing together expertise from within and without the Union to make the case to the government for the best deal possible for agriculture during the changes that Brexit will bring about. Tom grew up on his family’s dairy farm and has been with the NFU since September 2014. He first joined on the Graduate Scheme, but has spent the last two years working and lobbying on European policy in the NFU Brussels office.


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