Quinney and Lifford to remain on AHDB Board

Monday, 17 December 2018

UK Ministers have re-appointed Adam Quinney to the Board of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and extended Will Lifford’s second term of office.

Warwickshire farmer Adam’s new term of office is for 2 years and 4 months, up to the end of March 2021. He will also continue to chair AHDB’s Beef & Lamb Sector Board. The extension of Will’s second term as an Independent member of the AHDB Board and chair of its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee will run to the end of March 2020.

Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for Northern Ireland made the decision jointly.

Adam said: “I am looking forward to helping the beef and lamb sector rise to the challenges and opportunities that Brexit will bring, and helping promote beef and lamb both here in the UK and abroad.

“Farmers have been continually improving their farms, from better genetics to improved grassland production. The pressure is now on to speed up that progress and AHDB is key in helping farmers increase their bottom line in the coming years."

Will said: “With the UK about to embark on life outside of the EU, I look forward to helping to steer the AHDB through this challenging time.”

AHDB Chairman Peter Kendall said: “Adam’s passion for the industry and extensive knowledge will help UK agriculture meet the challenges of leaving the EU. He has been a great asset to the AHDB Board since 2015 and I’m delighted with his re-appointment.

“Will’s extensive governance and risk experience will continue to play a pivotal role in helping us develop the Livestock Information Programme and AHDB’s approach to these areas.”

Adam is a livestock farmer from Sambourne, Warwickshire, where he farms with his wife Sarah a flock of Easycare sheep and Salers cows with a beef finishing unit. Between 2010 and 2012 Adam served as a sector board member for AHDB Beef & Lamb, and has also held a number of other significant positions in the industry.

He has been a member of the NFU National Livestock Committee, Chairman of the NFU West Midland Livestock Forum, and NFU Vice President. Adam is a trustee of the Studley College Trust and the Henry Plumb Foundation. He is also a past member of the NFU Mutual Board.

​Will is chair of Yorkshire Housing and a board member of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. He is chair of the AHDB Audit and Risk Assurance Committee and chairs the Programme Board for the Livestock Information Programme (LIP).

These appointments are governed by the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments, and is made on merit. In accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. As part of the appointment process Adam Quinney did not declare any political activity.

The Board Member and Sector Chair position receives non-pensionable remuneration of £32,000 per annum, based on a minimum time commitment of 104 days.

The Independent Board Member position receives a non-pensionable remuneration of £11,100 per annum, based on a minimum time commitment of 36 days.