Progress update on AHDB’s governance review
One of the five main commitments AHDB has made to levy-payers is to review the boards and committee structure of the organisation to make sure it is fit for purpose and provides value for money for the industry.
This follows clear guidance from levy-payers in the Request for Views consultation that they want us to revisit our governance and modernise.
AHDB has acted swiftly to get this review underway with the setting up a Governance Review Group (GRG), chaired by independent board member Janet Swadling. The GRG is a task and finish group that is looking at the current governance set up, including the main AHDB Board, the six sector boards and the committees and panels. It will make recommendations for change within the next six months with the aim of improving transparency, efficiency and accountability.
External consultants Campbell Tickell have been appointed to conduct the review and they are working closely with the GRG itself, which includes three sector chairs plus the CEO Jane King.
So far, the work has involved gathering evidence by seeking feedback from sector board members and the senior team on the way governance currently operates within AHDB. Campbell Tickell is also conducting an evaluation of the main AHDB Board, which includes an observation of the recent September board meeting.
Focus groups and interviews will be conducted to gather more information in the weeks ahead and the group will explore what lessons can be learned from governance best practice in other organisations and overseas.
Further updates will be given as this review progresses.