Biennial board elections at the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) have resulted in a new chairman and four new board members.

Andrew McShane, managing director of Hutchinsons, becomes AIC chairman. He succeeds Nick Major, corporate affairs director of ForFarmers, who has held the post for the past two years.

Mr McShane studied biochemistry at Edinburgh University before taking a Masters in crop protection at Cranfield and Silsoe. His career started in general merchanting with arable inputs supply and grain purchasing, and developed into agronomy and sales management. He joined Hutchinsons in 1993, becoming managing director in 2008, and has a strong commitment to industry stewardship and the role of science in crop production.

“It is an exciting and challenging time to be taking over with Brexit looming and a new UK agriculture bill being debated,” he says. “Representing a very high proportion of the agrisupply industry, AIC has a strong voice. Thanks to its experienced team, the Confederation is well equipped to work with governments and other stakeholders towards solutions that ensure UK agriculture remains commercial and sustainable.”

The new AIC board members are: Chris Clayton, managing director of Agrovista, succeeding Mr McShane as chairman of the AIC Crop Protection and Agronomy Sector; Peter Scott, technical director at Origin Fertilisers who becomes chairman of the AIC Fertiliser Sector in place of ICL UK’s Howard Clark; Mark Worrell, chief operating officer at Openfield Agriculture, who replaces Gleadell Agriculture managing director David Sheppard as chairman of the AIC Crop Marketing Sector; and Gleadell seeds manager and managing director of Dunns Chris Guest, who takes over the chairman of the AIC Seed Sector role from Agrii’s head of crop marketing Paul Taylor.