Three new Eblex board members

Three new board members have been appointed to Eblex by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in a bid to boost the profitability and sustainability of the English beef and lamb sector.

The three new members of a board, Ros Turner, Rizvan Khalid and Mark Allan, have a range of experience and will take their positions on 1 April 2013.

As an eighth-generation farmer, Turner runs a farm in Leicestershire with 125 early lambing Suffolk Cross ewes and 250 Mule ewes lambing in March. Turner believes she can bring a “practical and common-sense approach” to the industry. “I’m particularly keen to help communicate to levy payers the work Eblex is doing on a global scale, as there is an awful lot of activity taking place to benefit the beef and sheep sector that grassroots farmers aren’t necessarily aware of,” she said.

Senior director of Euro Quality Lambs, with an MSc in Meat Science and Technology, Khalid’s abattoir is family-run business based in Shropshire, with a focus on the lamb export trade. Khalid is also a member of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS). He also sits on both the Eblex Better Returns programme steering group and the Eblex Halal steering group.

“I feel proud and honoured to have been selected to join the Eblex board. Hopefully I will be able to offer my knowledge in lamb processing for the benefit of the industry, particularly from a scientific, export and halal perspective,” said Khalid.

Head of livestock procurement at Bedfordshire-based Dawn Meats UK, Allan has worked in the industry for 20 years and is experienced in every aspect of the meat processing sector. He is in charge of purchasing cattle and sheep for all five Dawn Meats abattoirs. “Having spent my career working throughout the red meat industry, I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of the whole meat supply chain to the Eblex board,” he explained.
“I also have a good understanding of the challenges faced by beef and sheep farmers through regular contact with our farmer suppliers, enabling me to take a balanced approach to the issues affecting the industry.”

Eblex chairman John Cross said: “Ros, Mark and Rizvan have a wealth of knowledge and experience and I look forward to working with them to determine Eblex’s future strategic direction,” he said.

“We have historically attracted a high calibre of board members and these appointments are no exception,” he added.