NBA appoints new director

The National Beef Association (NBA) has appointed a new director to head up its revamped board.

Chris Mallon has a Masters degree in Animal Production from Aberdeen University and has worked for feeds supplier BOCM Pauls, as well as managing the Scotland area for the Tesco Producer Group Project, and developing beef production projects in eastern Europe.

NBA national chairman Hamish McBean said: “We are delighted with the NBA’s forward momentum this year, and to have a national director now in place to lead us to the top of the industry on behalf of the beef sector. This is an important step to end 2012 and we warmly welcome Chris into the association.”

Earlier this month, the NBA appointed five new members onto the “progressive” board of Trustees, including Simon Marsh, a senior lecturer at Harper Adams University College, Nuffield scholar and sub-group chairman at the NI Red Meat Strategic Forum William Haire, 2012 beef farmer of the year James Evans, NBA’s south west chairman John Vanstone, and farmer and auctioneer David Thomlinson.

The interim operations manager, Ali McKnight, is to stay on at the NBA over the next month, working alongside Mallon to ensure a smooth transition. In August, the NBA ended nearly a year of turmoil and uncertainty by ratifying a new constitution and establishing a new board. The association’s previous board had resigned in October 2011, ahead of the AGM, and a review committee was set up to consider the way forward.

The association has also ratified its merger with the Scottish Beef Cattle Association to form the Scottish Beef Association, which has taken a “painful” year to develop. In January the SBA steering group will hold an inaugural members’ meeting in order to vote in a board.  

SBCA chairman Scott Henderson said the new SBA would provide a single strong voice for beef producers in Scotland, which would put the industry first. He said: “This process has taken far too long and allowed too much speculation by some in the farming press and beyond, but finally we have got there.”

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