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  • Robert Beckett

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    Name
    Robert Beckett
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Producer
    Introduction

    Yorkshire pig producer Robert Beckett runs a multisite indoor breed-to-finish pig business. He is the son of a Shropshire farmer, where he started off as a stockman, progressing through all levels of management to his current position of Joint Managing Director.

  • Rick Buckle

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    Rick Buckle
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Producer
    Introduction

    Rick Buckle returned to the family farm in 1992 after completing an NDA at Bishop Burton College of Agriculture.  The family partnership owns, rents, and contract farms more than 5,000 acres of arable land in East Yorkshire. He runs the pig enterprise on the farm which consists of a 1050 sow farrow to finish indoor unit.

  • Adam Cheale

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    Name
    Adam Cheale
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Processor
    Introduction

    Adam Cheale is a director of the family firm Cheale Meats and is also on the board of the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers. He joined the firm doing the engineering before moving on to IT then day-to-day running. He is now responsible for the sale of the sows and boars processed by the firm.

  • William de Klein

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    Name
    William de Klein
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Processor
    Introduction

    William de Klein studied Meat Science and Agricultural Economics at Wageningen Agricultural University and completed an MBA with TIAS Business School.

    As son of a Dutch farm manager, he feels closely aligned with all aspects of pig production. He started his career 12 years ago as a meat quality researcher in a Dutch pig abattoir. He has been Site Director of the Malton Bacon Factory for the last 3 years. William currently is a Board member of the Karro Food Group.

  • Chris Aldersley

    Name
    Chris Aldersley
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Processor
    Introduction
  • Robert Mutimer

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    Name
    Robert Mortimer
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Producer
    Introduction

    Robert Mutimer and his wife Helen currently run 750 outdoor sows with indoor straw based finishing, producing pigs for the Waitrose supply chain. They have developed Swannington Farm to Fork, a wholesale and retail butchery with business with two shops and 200 wholesale customers in Norfolk and North Suffolk.

  • Mark Haighton

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    Mark Haighton
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Tulip Ltd
    Introduction

    Mark is Pig Supply Chain Director of Tulip Ltd where he leads a team that works closely with all elements of the British pigmeat supply chain including farmers, hauliers, abattoirs, customers and external bodies such as the Food Standards Agency.

    He has worked in the UK pig processing sector since 1998 when he started at the Geo Adams & Sons Ltd abattoir in Spalding initially as a livestock buyer before the company was bought out by Tulip.

    Since 2010 he has also sat on the Red Tractor Pig Sector board helping to represent the interests of the UK processor and producer in the ever-changing world of legislative and consumer requirements.

  • Mike Sheldon

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    Name
    Mike Sheldon
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Chairman
    Introduction

    Mike Sheldon worked with PIC before setting up Greenway Farms, a 1200 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 NPA. From 2012 he has been the chairman of the Pig Sector Board of Red Tractor Assurance and also chairs the Red Tractor Marketing Committee.

     

  • Robert Shepherd

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    Name
    Robert Shepherd
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Producer
    Introduction

    After leaving school Robert served as an officer in the Light Infantry.

    He studied agriculture at The Royal Agricultural College before coming home to a mixed farm on the Hampshire/Dorset border. The farm runs 600ha of arable, a 300 cow suckler herd (selling progeny finished) and 2000 outdoor sows (selling half the progeny finished). Robert has served on various boards over the years and is involved in running the IAM Leadership Development Course.

  • Simon Watchorn

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    Simon Watchorn
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Producer
    Introduction

    Suffolk pig producer Simon Watchorn  runs a 600-sow outdoor breed-to-finish unit and has been involved in the industry for the last 20 years. Simon, is also a director of Thames Valley Cambac, a former member of the NPA producer group and also sat on the Real Welfare review group.

  • Iain Wylie

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    Iain Wylie
    Organisation
    AHDB Pork Board
    Job Title
    Independent
    Introduction

    Iain graduated from London University, Wye College with a degree in Horticulture and Business Management. He then had a career in retail working for Sainsbury’s, Homebase and the garden centre sector, most recently as managing director of Grosvenor Garden Centre. He served on national committees including the Horticultural Trades Association Council and, recently, the Garden Industry Marketing Board.