British Growers welcome new board members and chairman

by Tim Mudge

British Growers Association welcomes New Appointments to board

At this week’s AGM, British Growers Association (BGA) members unanimously appointed three new board members. This has broadened and strengthened the capacity of the board, complementing the widening role and remit of British Growers Association.

The following have all been appointed –
Adrian Barlow, CEO of English Apples and Pears
Nick Douglas, MD of Gs Growers Producer Organisation
Andrew Wraith, Green Pea Company board member & Savills Director of Agribusiness.

James Hallett, CEO, commented, “We continue to develop and improve our activities in representing and promoting the fresh produce growing industry across the UK. These appointments demonstrate our desire to ensure that we are well engaged and able to support all sectors of Horticulture.”

In addition to these new directors, Michael Parker has retired from the board after 29 years of service. “Michael has been an invaluable member of the board and has always been available to support the organisation and our staff. We are very grateful to all the work that Michael has done for British Growers Association over four decades”, said Mr Hallett.

Richard Hirst steps down, by rotation, after two years as Chairman and is replaced by Mark Leggott, a member of both NFU Horticulture and PGRO boards.

James Hallett added, “Richard has seen our organisation through a period of significant strategic evolution and we are indebted to him in seeing us to this point. Richard will continue to play an important role on the British Growers Association board, ensuring that we make a positive difference for our grower members.”


Information for editors –
The British Growers Association (BGA) represents UK fresh produce growers. The British horticulture sector is worth £3.7bn to the UK economy, employing over 100,000 full-time and seasonal workers. Horticulture is a high-value sector of the rural economy, producing over 20% of the output value of UK farming on just 4% of the land area. BGA works to support an innovative, technically advanced and environmentally responsible horticulture sector, combining efficient production of high quality fresh produce with careful stewardship and protection of natural resources.

James Hallett, chief executive, British Growers Association

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