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In January and February, NPA members will vote to elect the new NPA Pig Industry Group (PIG).

These elections mark a new chapter for the NPA, following the successful amalgamation of the NPA’s Producer and Allied Industry Groups to form the PIG last year. More information below.

The new group will be made up of 10 producer members and 7 allied industry members.

“We are delighted to have such a strong field of candidates contesting the first ever PIG elections.”

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies


VOTING IS OPEN!

Voting is now open until February 26. Details HERE

You can download voting forms in the Members' Area HERE


THE CANDIDATES 

YOU CAN READ ALL THE PRODUCER MANIFESTOS HERE

YOU CAN READ ALL THE ALLIED INDUSTRY MANIFESTOS HERE 

YOU CAN VIEW SHORT HUSTINGS VIDEOS FROM THE CANDIDATES HERE

PRODUCER CANDIDATES

There are seven producers standing from the hotly contested Eastern region, three each from the North and South West, two from the South Central region and one from the Midlands. The 16 producer candidates will be competing for 10 places on the PIG.

East

  • Jack Bosworth
  • Steve Hart
  • Andrew Houston
  • Fergus Howie
  • Robin Lawson
  • Rob Mutimer
  • Howard Revell

Midlands

  • Sam Godfrey

North

  • Joe Dewhirst
  • Matthew Donald
  • Phil Stephenson

South Central

  • Sally Stockings
  • Tom Allen

South West

  • Andrew Freemantle
  • Sophie Hope
  • Richard Knox

ALLIED INDUSTRY CANDIDATES

There are four candidates from the Feed/Nutrition sector, three each from Feed/Equipment and Pharmaceutical, two each from marketing and processing and one veterinary candidate. The 15 candidates will be competing for seven allied industry places.

Feed/Nutrition

  • Peter Bryant, A-One
  • Charlotte Evans, ForFarmers
  • Jason Evans, Cargill
  • Michelle Sprent, Premier Nutrition

Housing/Equipment

  • Hugh Crabtree, Farmex
  • Paul Hutton, Collinsons 
  • Andrew Maskery, Andrew Maskery Associates

Marketing

  • Chris Barlow, Yorkshire Farmers
  • Oli Bown, Thames Valley Cambac

Pharmaceutical

  • Jack Fellows, Elanco UK
  • Laura Hancox, Zoetis
  • Eduardo Velazquez, Ceva Animal Health

Processing

  • Ash Gilman, Cranswick
  • Steve Urwin, Karro Food Group

Veterinary

  • Gemma Thwaites, Garth Pig Practice

VOTING

NPA members will now elect the 17 members of the PIG:

  • The newly elected group as of March will consist of 10 producers and 7 allied industry members.
  • There will be a guaranteed producer seat for the candidates with the most votes in each of the five NPA regions – East, Midlands, North, South Central and South West – with the remaining five spaces taken by those with next highest number of votes.
  • There will be a guaranteed seat for candidates with the most votes in each of the six allied sectors – Feed/Nutrition, Pharmaceutical, Marketing, Veterinary, Housing/Equipment and Processing – with the remaining seat being taken by the candidate holding the next highest number of votes. 

Process and rules

  • Voting via email opens on January 25. Ballot forms will be emailed to members and available in the Members' Area.  
  • Postal ballots will be sent to those who have not (or cannot) voted online on Monday, February 8
  • Voting closes on February 26. The results will be published in the March edition of Pig World and on the NPA website. 
  • Producer members can only vote for producer candidates and allied industry members can only vote for allied industry candidates.
  • A current producer member of NPA may vote for up to 10 producer candidates.
  • A current allied industry member of NPA may vote for up to seven allied industry candidates.
  • The voter is not obliged to use all their votes, but you are encouraged to do so. Make sure you read all the manifestos before casting your vote!
  • Only one vote may be cast per membership number - you must therefore agree who puts the casting vote forward.

ELECTION TIMETABLE

January 25: Online voting opens

February 8: Postal ballots sent to those members who have not already voted on line.

February 26: Voting closes.

Early March – Successful candidates announced online and in Pig World.


A NEW FORMAT

The format has changed for the 2021 elections, following the successful introduction of the PIG last year to reduce duplication and concentrate knowledge and expertise.

The new Pig Industry Group (PIG) is currently made up of 12 elected producer members and 10 elected allied industry representatives.

The Board has agreed to a number of changes:

  • 10 producer and seven allied industry members will be elected to form the next Pig Industry Group.
  • Five producers will be elected on a geographical basis with one guaranteed seat per region (North, East, Midlands, South Central and South West). The remaining five seats will be ‘free’, determined by the number of votes cast. 
  • Six allied industry representatives will be elected on a sectoral basis, with one each from the following sectors: nutrition, pharmaceutical, veterinary, marketing groups, manufacturing and processing. The remaining seat will be ‘free’, awarded to remaining person with the highest number of votes. 
  • A broad range of candidates will be encouraged to stand to ensure that there is good representation from all systems, sizes and sectors.   
  • Producers will still only be able to vote for producers and allied members for allied candidates.
  • One space has been set aside as a co-opted seat to ensure that there is the flexibility to plug any gaps in representation.
  • The Young NPA chair will also be given a permanent seat the for the first time.
  • The PIG will meet four times a year and some meetings may be held remotely, depending on the situation with COVID-19.

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