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Meryl Ward steps down as AHDB Pork chairman

February 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Livestock

Lincolnshire farmer Meryl Ward will not to put herself forward for re-appointment when her term of office as chairman of AHDB Pork ends next month.

Awarded an MBE in 2013 for her work on pig welfare, Mrs Ward said it had been a privilege to have contributed to the AHDB and to lead the pork sector board. But she said her decision to stand down was based on the workload involved and the consequent impact on her own business.

“I appreciate the hard work and commitment that the pork board and all the staff have put in over the challenging last 18 months of the AHDB restructure. The breadth and depth of the work is often not widely understood by levy payers and the wider pig industry community.”

AHDB chairman Peter Kendall said: “Meryl has put a huge amount of commitment, and energy into her board roles, and her contribution and passion will be missed. Her leadership in developing CIEL as part of the AgriTech strategy has been critical and will prove invaluable for the future.”

Defra said Mrs Ward’s replacedment would ideally be AHDB board member keen to help the organisation achieve its vision to build a world class food and farming industry. That person will also need to be able to champion the pig sector.

Mrs Ward and her husband Steve farm a large arable enterprise in Lincolnshire, have 2,200 sows and run a successful farm shop and restaurant called Uncle Henry’s. She currently chairs the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network charity.

Mrs Ward was a key member of the Farm Animal Welfare Council – now a committee – for many years, during which time it produced highly-acclaimed science-based reports for government. She also chaired the report Farm Animal Welfare: Health and Disease.