Ali Capper - Chairman
Top fruit (including cider apples) and hops grower in Worcestershire.
Member of the National Hop Association and Hop Industry Committee.
Guy Poskitt - Vice Chairman
Root vegetable grower in Yorkshire, producing more than 50,000 tonnes of carrots each year, as well as various other produce such as pumpkins, potatoes, swedes and parsnips. Guy was named Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year in 2012.
Director of Agriculture at Produce World. Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Associate Fellow of the Royal Agricultural society and is a Trustee for LEAF.
20 years experience in the horticulture industry with a focus on growing Protected Sweet Peppers for supermarkets. John owns and runs Netherhall Nursery in the Lea Valley.
Hardy nursery stock grower and supplier to the landscaping industry, based near Wolverhampton.UK representative on European Nurserymen’s Association.
Chairman of the NFU Potato Forum. After training and working as an Accountant for several years in London and Sydney, alex moved back to north Lincolnshire and started working for the family farm. The farm produces potatoes, pigs, wheat, rape, sugar beet and vining peas.
Soft fruit grower in Herefordshire, producing 1500 tonnes of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants, both organically and conventionally.
Top fruit and soft fruit grower at his 1500 acre family owned farm near Rochester, Kent producing pears, strawberries, arable crops and sheep.
Potato, pea and dwarf beans grower in northeast Norfolk. Chairman of the NFU Potato Forum.
Runs a family business, a glasshouse salad growing and production facility in Lancashire.
Grows spring onions for marketing to retailers through G’s and a number of other products including legumes and asparagus which are marketed to retailers via Wealmoor.
Sarah Dawson - co-opted
Field vegetable specialist and grower in Lincolnshire, growing over 500 acres of brassicas, some cereals and rotational legumes. The business produces high quality produce for the retail sector under a number of assurance schemes.
Kersten Catella - co-opted
Vice-chairman of BPOA. The British Protected Ornamentals Association represents the needs and aspirations of all ornamentals growers of British pot and bedding plants. In addition, under the Home Grown scheme, producers of fruit trees, cut flowers, perennials, hardy nursery stock, and Christmas Trees are represented nationally.
Robert Lockhart - co-opted
Robert Lockhart farms around 300 acres of light soils in South East Staffordshire on the Warwickshire border. Robert grows processing potatoes for McCain with contracts to supply in February, April and May as well as 200 acres of wheat and barley. Robert is the Vice Chairman of the NFU Crops Board, Chairman of the West Midlands Regional Crops Board, a member of the West Midlands Regional Horticulture Board, a member of the NFU Potato Forum as well as a Staffordshire Council member.
Stephen Watkins - co-opted
Field vegetable grower based in Worcestershire. Member of the NFU West Midlands regional Board for Horticulture & Potatoes.