The Board

The Farm Safety Partnership has a democratically elected Board which is reviewed every two years. The current Board will be in office from September 2013-September 2015.

Board members determine and monitor the Partnership's direction of work and cover the operational aspects of the Partnership and meets every six months.

Meet the Farm Safety Partnership

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Guy Smith (National Farmers' Union)

Guy farms a mixed and diversified family farm in north-east Essex.

He served for eight years on NFU Council as the Essex delegate. Other NFU positions include four years as a member of the Governance Board and six years as Chair of the NFU Communications Group.

Guy is also a Trustee of FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) and a past Chairman of the Landskills New Entrants Committee. He has also recently served on the Board of the HGCA (Home Grown Cereals Authority), retiring in March 2014.

Guy is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for services to Agriculture from Essex University.

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Alan Plom (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health)

Alan has been involved in the Farm Safety Partnership since September 2012 when he became Chair of the'Machinery Safety' sub-group. His early experiences working on farms fuelled his interest in health and safety, in which he has specialised throughout his career.

After completing his degree in Agriculture and post-grad in Agricultural Engineering in 1975, Alan worked for MAFF until he transferred to HSE in 1979 as an Agricultural Inspector. He held various field inspectorate and HQ/Policy posts, ending with 6 years as Head of Safety Section in HSE's Agriculture and Food Sector, before 'retiring' in 2011.

He has since run a farmers' training group and is a H&S consultant providing advice and training to the land-based sector. He is Vice Chair of IOSH Rural Industries Group and also actively involved with the Institution of Agricultural Engineers. In these various roles he also writes articles and organises technical meetings.

Christopher Price (Country Land and Business Association)

Christopher Price is the Director of Policy and Advice at the CLA. He has overall responsibility for managing all the CLA's national policy and advisory work.

A planning and environmental lawyer by background, he joined the CLA as Public Law Adviser in 2002. He became Chief Legal Adviser in 2007 and took up his current post as Director of Policy and Advice a year later. Before the CLA, Christopher worked in local government for a number of different authorities.


Ian Jewitt (NFU Mutual)

I have 33 years experience of rural insurance and risk management in my career with NFU Mutual. Commencing in Newcastle, my roles have placed me in direct contact with the farming community, as a Sales Consultant in Yorkshire, followed by Management roles in Stratford upon Avon.

I am currently Managing Director of NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd, responsible for a team of 140 people across sales, surveying and admin disciplines.

In my role, I am in a unique position to see the impact of accidents on farms from both a financial, personal and social perspective. In addition my ability to lead a large team, and to communicate effectively to individuals and groups, makes me well placed to play an active role on the Board of Farm Safety Partnership.

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Keith Christian (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association)

Keith Christian has been the Director of BAGMA since 2007 and ispassionate about improving health and safety through his work by encouraging dealers ofagricultural and garden machinery in the UK to safely deliver and hand over products through formal schemes.

His experiences in outdoor power equipment started at a dealership of garden machinery and ground care products, and progressed with Claymore Grass Machinery, where he worked for 23 years. Hehas also worked as Director of Reekie Grass Machinery Ltd,is a past-President of the AEA and was previously on their Outdoor Power Equipment Council.

As well as working at a European level with CLIMMAR (the umbrella organisation for tradeassociations similar to BAGMA), he is a current director of the Oxford Summer School Lts, a Director of the IOG's SALTEX Show board and Director of Training at Bira (BAGMA's parent group).

Marcus Potter (Lantra)

Jennifer Don (NAAC)

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