Meet the National Poultry Board for 2018-2020

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There are eleven board members representing different regions and sectors of the poultry industry. Thomas Wornham was elected Chair and Phill Crawley Vice Chair for the period of 2018-2020 and you can read more about them here.

Poultry Board Chair: Thomas Wornham, East Anglia – Thomas is a fourth generation farmer and studied at Harper Adams before acquiring an old poultry unit and getting planning permission to redevelop the site.

Poultry Board Vice Chair: Phill Crawley, East Midlands – Phill and his brother Ady run the family farm in Leicestershire, which was set up by their parents in 1971. It has free-range and colony laying hens and they pack and market their own eggs

Duncan Priestner, North West – Duncan has stepped aside as chairman but will remain on the board. He farms two sites alongside his brother comprising a pullet rearing business and an egg-laying unit with 120,000 hens.

James Hook, South East – Chairman of the PD Hook Group, which operates a large independent breeding and hatchery business selling day-old broiler chickens throughout the UK.

Charles Bourns, South West – Based in South Gloucestershire, Charles has been involved with the NFU for nearly 30 years, including a stint as board chairman and has recently redeveloped his broiler farm. Charles sits on the Red Tractor Board as a NFU representative.

Simon Barton, South West – Simon and his wife Karen left London in 1997 and set up the poultry farm in Bridgewater in Somerset which now has 140,000 broilers grown for an integrator.

Kinsey Hern, West Midlands – Kinsey is a broiler farmer from Herefordshire and he also grows apples and cereals for retail.

Mike Bailey, North West – Mike and his brother David contract process free range and organic chickens and turkeys supplying a range of customers. 

Myles Thomas, West Midlands - Shropshire-based Myles has focused on egg production at his farm. The Thomas family has worked in Shrewsbury since 1935, formerly with dairy cows, but the site now houses circa 50,000 free range birds.

Matthew Green, North East - Based near Warter in the North East, Matthew is one of the Wot-A-Pullet founders, which is an independent pullet rearing business born in 2008 from the Wot-An-Egg enterprise. 

Victoria Shervington-Jones, Wales - On her family farm in Monmouthshire, Victoria worked with battery hens and broilers until 2000 when they changed to free range production. She graduated from the Royal Agricultural College in 2004 and took over the family farm in 2009.

The board members selected thirteen co-options to join them based on the skills and knowledge expertise they felt would add depth to the board.

Co-opted board members:

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Claire Bragg - A former Farmers Weekly Awards Poultry Farmer of the Year finalist, Claire Bragg and her husband Nick have worked in broiler production since 2006, when they inherited two small chicken sheds in Somerset.

Steve Carlyle - At age 14, Steve started collecting eggs at weekends and now he is part of Country Fresh Pullets, which sells seven million pullets per year.

Robert Gooch - Prior to becoming the CEO of BFREPA, Robert was a consultant in agricultural policy in Brussels and the UK.

Mark Gorton - Around 30 years ago, Mark helped establish Traditional Norfolk Poultry (TNP), which specialises in growing and processing free-range chickens and turkeys for the high street.

Gareth Griffiths - Gareth is a partner in the family business JA & O Griffiths based close to Wem in Shropshire, which has a substantial egg operation. He manages more than one million layers and packs 50,000 cases of eggs per week.

Martin Humphrey - Martin has produced and sold poultry feed for nearly 30 years, and is also responsible for pullet sales. He has a strong interest in the free range and organic sectors.

Paul Kelly - As the managing director of Kelly Turkeys, Paul prefers to be called a turkey farmer and is the largest independent turkey hatchery in the UK, supplying more than 450 farmers with specialist breeds for Christmas.

Chris Fenteman - With a business made up of 400 acres of arable and 35,000 free-range hens spread over two sites, Chris has invested in renewables such as solar PV and a wind turbine.

Mark Forster - Mark is a Cumbrian broiler producer near Penrith, supplying the independent sector. Mark also represents the NFU on the Red Tractor Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

David Speller - Known as one of the most innovative minds in the industry, David entered the sector with little knowledge of poultry, having spent much of his time learning about arable, but is now a successful global consultant.

Martin Troop  - Martin is a managing director at Noble Foods and is responsible for the Gainsborough plant that processes end-of-lay hens and broiler breeders. He is focusing on expanding into international markets.

Jonty Hay - Jonty is an independent broiler grower from Herefordshire who sits on the Red Tractor Poultry Board as a representative of the independent broiler sector. He has supplied most processors in the independent supply chain and understands the pressures of the marketplace combined with the reality of the requirement to drive the needs of the farm and the birds at the forefront of the business. Read more about Jonty here.

James Mottershead - James is a broiler producer from Shropshire and took part in the 2015/16 NFU Poultry Industry Programme (PIP). In 2019 James was appointed as the 2019/20 PIP chair. Read more about James here.

Last edited on: 08:01:2020

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