The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) has reappointed George Lyon and Paul Temple for second three-year terms on its main board, at the same time as amalgamating its arable Knowledge Exchange teams.

A former Scots MEP, agri-food consultant Mr Lyon chairs the AHDB remuneration & nominations committee and its Meat & Livestock Commercial Services subsidiary. Mr Temple, an arable and beef farmer from East Yorkshire, chairs the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds sector board. He is also chairman of the Voluntary Initiative.
At the same time, the AHDB has consolidated its Cereals and Oilseeds and Potatoes Knowledge Exchange teams into a single Arable Team, which it says will bring together a wider range of expertise for the industry.

Following the change, Graham Bannister is promoted to the post of senior knowledge exchange (KE) manager, and Amber Cottingham and Dr Anne Stone move roles internally to become KE manager and knowledge transfer (KT) manager respectively. Kathryn Hales will join the team as KT officer in October, when she finishes her AHDB-funded PhD.

Tim Isaac, head of arable KE, comments: “We are delighted to offer potato growers increased provision with the appointment of these roles. The sector will also benefit from the continuity provided by the fact that three of the four appointments are promotions or internal moves. Anne Stone will remain in her role in the west for the remainder of this growing season, again to provide continuity, as we continue to expand and improve on the service we provide.”