AHDB Dairy Board
AHDB Dairy Board meetings are held 6 times a year, to determine effective strategies for the organisation. The board strategies help to focus the organisation direction and provide a clear vision for research and development, market information, supply chain activities and consumer marketing programmes, for the benefit of the GB dairy farmers.
Selection and appointment of the membersof the AHDB Dairy Board is carried out by the Board of AHDB through an open appointments process. AHDB Dairy Board members are appointed for a three year term and require up to two days per month commitment per year, including attendance at board meetings. Remuneration is currently payable at £256.25 per day plus expenses.
The AHDB Dairy Board Chairman who is also an AHDB Board Member is appointed by Defra and receives £48,000 for a minimum of 156 days per year plus expenses. This figure has changed to £32,000 for a minimum of 104 days for all new Sector Chairs appointed after April 2013. Expenses are in line with HMRC recommended rates.
AHDB Dairy is committed to openness and accountability to its levy payers and all AHDB Dairy board agendas and minutes are accessible through the library.
The AHDB Dairy Board of ten include the chairman, eight dairy farmers located across Britain and two independent members, who all operate very different production systems including a New Zealand type grass system, organic systems with another under conversion and high input, mixed and pedigree systems.
As well as this high representation of farmers - which is appropriate considering the levy is only raised from dairy farmers - The board members consist of people both from inside and outside the industry including dairy processors, and the chairman.
The board members assist the chair in developing strategy, managing the financial position and ensuring effective governance, contribute to the dairy industry and make a difference to AHDB as an organisation. AHDB Dairy is the dairy division of The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, AHDB and is funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain through the collection of statutory financial levies.