Two Yorkshire 'alphas' lead nominations in producer election
22nd Nov 2017 / By Digby Scott
Two of NPA’s long-standing alpha-males — both from Yorkshire, of course — are standing for re-election.
NPA board chairman Richard Lister, and vice-chairman Richard Longthorp, are firm believers in NPA as the industry’s lead voice and most effective lobbying body.
They have agreed to put their names forward for another three years on Producer Group, the association’s policy-making powerhouse
But in view of the myriad challenges facing the industry, a succession plan is essential, warns Richard Longthorp. "NPA will need a Producer Group and Executive that continues to develop forward-looking strategy and execute prompt and effective action."
He says the association will need to challenge itself to remain one step ahead. It will also need to ensure it remains financially sound and continues to have the resources to deliver the 'first-class level of service members have come to expect'.
Fellow NPA big beast Richard Lister has served five terms — that’s 15 years — on Producer Group. "I believe passionately in the role of the National Pig Association and will continue to work on behalf of all the pig industry," he pledges.
"The pig industry continues to face an array of challenges which I believe NPA has met with skill, passion and intelligence. Elected Producer Group members have an important job, ensuring the officer team is well-informed and well-supported."
Both candidates are highly-experienced large-scale pig and arable farmers and both were active in British Pig Industry Support Group, the militant forerunner of NPA.
You can read the full manifestos and find out more about NPA’s 2018 Producer Group elections here
Find out more about the turbulent days of 1999, which led to the founding of NPA, here