Mike Sheldon reappointed Chair of pork board

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

UK Ministers have reappointed Mike Sheldon as Chair of AHDB’s pork sector board for a second consecutive term.

As part of his role, Mike will continue to be a member of the main AHDB Board for another two years, ending 9 April 2022.

Mike said: “As the pig industry in the UK continues to adjust to new market environments in the wake of both Brexit and COVID-19, I am proud to be able to continue working with AHDB to deliver a difference to the farming sector at this time.”

This is a ministerial appointment, made by the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Ministers in the Scottish Government and Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive.

AHDB’s Sector Strategy Director for Pork, Angela Christison, said: “We are delighted that Mike has been appointed for a second term. This will ensure continuity in our work to support the reputation of British pork here and overseas. In doing so, we can optimise the value of each part of the pig and so too the returns to producers.”


Mike Sheldon worked with PIC before setting up Greenway Farms – a 1,200-sow unit, producing parent boars and grandparent gilts – which he sold in 2014. He is a former member of the BPEX board and the founding Chief Executive of the National Pig Association (NPA).

This appointment is governed by the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments and is made on merit. In accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, appointees’ political activity (if any declared) must be made public. As part of the appointment process, the appointee did not declare any political activity.

Mike Sheldon will receive a non-pensionable remuneration of £32,000 per annum, based on a minimum time commitment of 104 days per year. Reasonable travel expenses are also paid.