AF Group chief executive John Duffy has announced his intention to leave the procurement co-operative in summer 2020, after just over three years with the business.

Mr Duffy joined the company in March 2017, succeeding Clarke Willis MBE who had led it for the fifteen years since its creation through the merger of two Norfolk co-operatives. Before that, he had spent over a decade on the Frontier Agriculture board and had been managing director of Gleadell Agriculture.

His tenure has seen a focus on AF’s members, staff, and suppliers, with significant growth in returns and rebates to its members.

“I believe AF is now in a strong position to continue to grow its membership”, says Mr Duffy. “With the board and senior management team, we have created a business that is fit for today’s farming environment and equipped to help farmers adapt to the undoubted challenges that lie ahead.

“It has been a difficult decision, but I feel it is the right time both for the business and for me personally. I am keen to ensure a smooth transition and have agreed with the board to stay on to allow a successor to be found.”

AF chair Nigel Savory adds: “I cannot thank Jon enough for the changes that he has helped us instigate. We will now identify a new CEO to continue to drive our growth agenda and help members with the challenges and opportunities facing UK agriculture.”