Management Team

AHDB Chair - Nicholas Saphir

Nicholas was appointed as chair of AHDB in April 2020. He has a wide background in agriculture and horticulture, having built a public company, farming, processing and trading fruit and vegetables in the UK, Europe, southern Africa and South America. His dairy experience includes a period as a non-executive director of Dairy Crest leading up to its flotation and spending the last 18 years building the Organic Milk Producers' Cooperative (Omsco) into the world’s second largest dedicated organic milk cooperative, with exports of cheese, butter and infant formula grade milk powders to the USA, EU and Australasia. He also has a long and successful record of chairing industry and government bodies in the food and farming sector, including being the chair of the Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Cooperation, founder chair of Food from Britain, president of the Fresh Produce Consortium and chair of the Agricultural Forum.

Interim Chief Executive Officer - Ken Boyns

Ken has spent his entire career in agriculture, with experience of practical farming and agricultural banking giving him a good grounding in the practicalities and business side of farming.

He joined the Milk Development Council (MDC) in 2001 to set up a market information service and, in February 2007, became the Chief Executive of MDC. He managed the organisation through to it becoming DairyCo, now known as AHDB Dairy. Ken became AHDB Market Intelligence Director in November 2010 managing the economics, insight, benchmarking and data services across AHDB in a matrix structure. In September 2015 he was appointed Acting Chief Change Officer, helping to implement AHDB's change programme. In September 2016 he was appointed Chief Finance and Operations Officer.

Ken lives in Warwickshire with his family and was educated at Cambridge University.

AHDB Board

The AHDB Board consists of ten members - the chairs for each of the six sector advisory boards and three independent members - and the Chair. Their appointments are for varying periods of up to four years. In line with the new skills-based board, AHDB is currently seeking to recruit six new board members - details can be found on the public appointments website, closing date 30 April 2021 .Selection and appointment of the members of the board is carried out by Defra under the rules of the Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments (OCPA).

Mike Sheldon

AHDB Board and Pork Sector Chair

Janet Swadling

AHDB Independent Board Member

Hayley Campbell-Gibbons

AHDB Board and Horticulture Sector Chair

Sarah Pumfrett

Independent Board Member

AHDB leadership team

Ken Boyns

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Christine Watts

Chief Communications and Market Development Officer

Rebecca Geraghty

Chief Technical Officer (Interim)

Richard Laverick

Chief Officer, Livestock Information Programme

Will Jackson

Interim Chief Strategy Officer

Naveen Gupta

Finance Director
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