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Members of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Date Posted: 08/04/2021

Closing Date: 30/04/2021

£11,808 pa 36 days/year

Vacancy Description

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a UK-wide non-departmental public body which was established on 1 April 2008 under the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008.

AHDB collects a statutory levy from all farmers and growers across six sectors to enable development work that individual businesses might struggle to do on their own. Levies are used to deliver tools and services that support the sectors to become more competitive and sustainable. We do this through knowledge transfer, research and development, market intelligence and market development.

AHDB currently serves the six sectors of:

  • Pig meat in England
  • Beef and lamb in England
  • Horticulture in Great Britain
  • Milk in Great Britain
  • Potatoes in Great Britain
  • Cereals and oilseeds in the United Kingdom

Person Specification

In line with the new skills-based main board, AHDB is seeking to recruit six new board members who are enthusiastic about the future and keen to help us shape AHDB so it is fit to deliver for industry.

We are specifically looking for individuals interested in, and capable of, driving strategy and having
oversight of the whole organisation. Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a good
overview of the opportunities and challenges facing agriculture and horticulture, recognise the value of cross-sector working, as well as have sector-specific insight.

Three of the roles are to attract current levy payers from Beef & Lamb, Cereals & Oilseeds, Dairy and Potatoes, together with other essential skill sets. The remaining three roles are required to have a specific area of skill and experience but ideally in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data/IT/Digital transformation
  • The environment/Sustainability
  • Communication and engagement
  • Transformational change
  • Knowledge of international markets
  • Business management
  • Corporate finance

How to Apply

All candidates are required to complete the following forms:

  • Monitoring form 1 (Conflicts of Interest, Conduct and Political Activity Questionnaire)
  • Monitoring form 2 (Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire)

Candidates should submit their CV with education, professional qualifications and employment history and the names and contact details for two referees, together with their statement of suitability.

The statement of suitability should give evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria (max two pages please).

Your CV and statement should be emailed to publicappts@defra.gov.uk quoting reference APPT01-21 by the closing date of 12.00 (midday) on 30 April 2021.

If you have any questions about the appointments process, please contact Public Appointments Team at publicappts@defra.gov.uk

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared with a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes where possible. If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, please contact publicappts@defra.gov.uk

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jackie Kay, HR Director, at: jackie.kay@ahdb.org.uk

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