Successor sought for Sir Peter Kendall at AHDB

The government has started the recruitment process for Sir Peter Kendall’s replacement as Chair of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The move is in line with Sir Peter (pictured above) reaching the end of his term of office at the end of March next year.

An independent board member, with the additional responsibility of serving as Chair of the AHDB Audit and Risk Assurance Committee, is also needed to replace Will Lifford at the end of his term of office on 31 March 2020.

AHDB Board Members are appointed by ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Devolved Administrations.

“Influential and inspirational leadership and a proven ability to drive organisational change are among the key criteria for applicants for the role of Chair as the industry looks to increase productivity and sustainability to ensure it’s in the best shape for the future,” said an official statement, posted by AHDB.

“With similar inspirational leadership qualities, the new independent board member and Chair of the AHDB Audit and Risk Assurance Committee will ensure the values of good governance are upheld, particularly with regard to levy-funded activities.”

Both appointments will initially be for up to three years from 1 April 2020. A further appointment of up to three years may be made subject to satisfactory performance assessment and will be at the discretion of Ministers.

The new Chair will receive a non-pensionable remuneration of £55,000 per annum, based on a minimum time commitment of 104 days per year. The independent board member will receive a non-pensionable remuneration of £11,100 per annum, based on a minimum time commitment of 36 days per year.

The closing date for applications for both roles is 12 noon on 22 October 2019.

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