Allen to take top EBLEX job

Nick Allen is to take over the reins as chief executive of EBLEX, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) announced today.

Allen will take up his post in October, moving from his current role as senior regional manager for the beef and lamb division of AHDB.

He joined MLC in 1998 as south east regional manager, crossing over to EBLEX when it was formed to manage the regional team. He has extensive knowledge in the sector and has first-hand experience of managing a dairy herd and rearing beef.

Kevin Roberts, chief executive of AHDB, said: “Nick knows farming and knows the industry and I am confident that he is the right person to manage the delivery of the beef and lamb strategy developed by the EBLEX Board.

“As part of my executive management team, he will also help us to achieve the sought-after operational efficiencies from the new integrated levy board structure.”

EBLEX chairman John Cross said: “Nick has a lot of experience of the issues impacting on the cattle and sheep sectors and I look forward to working with him to continue to add value to our levy-payers."

Allen said he was looking forward to taking up the post and tackling the challenges ahead: “This is a dynamic and exciting time for agriculture. I passionately believe that the beef and lamb sectors have a great long-term future, but recognise there are many serious challenges ahead,” he said.

“I am determined to make sure EBLEX serves the industry well and provides our stakeholders with good value for money.”