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NPA Elections 2021: New Pig Industry Group elected

2nd Mar 2021 / By Alistair Driver

The first ever elected NPA Pig Industry Group (PIG) will bring together a range of talent and experience from across the pig sector to drive industry policy forward over the next three years.

NPA Election 2021 logoThe new group is comprised of 10 producer members and seven allied industry members, following a hotly contested election that saw 31 candidates vying for 17 places.

Under the new voting system, the producer candidates with the most votes from each of the NPA’s five regions were guaranteed a place, with the next five places taken by the candidates with most votes, regardless of region.

The six allied industry candidates with the most votes from each sector were guaranteed places, plus the candidate with the next highest number of votes. 

The successful candidates were: 


  • Tom Allen (South Central)
  • Joe Dewhirst (North)
  • Andrew Freemantle (South West)
  • Sam Godfrey (Midlands)
  • Sophie Hope (South West)
  • Robin Lawson (East)
  • Rob Mutimer (East)
  • Howard Revell (East)
  • Phil Stephenson (North)
  • Sally Stockings (South Central)

Allied industry:

  • Oliver Bown, Thames Valley Cambac (Marketing)       
  • Hugh Crabtree, Farmex (Buildings and Equipment)
  • Ash Gilman, Cranswick (Processor)         
  • Michelle Sprent, Premier Nutrition (Nutrition)
  • Gemma Thwaites, Garth Pig Practice, (Veterinary)                       
  • Steve Urwin, Karro (Processor)         
  • Eduardo Velazquez, Ceva Animal Health (Pharmaceutical)                 

The elected PIG members will serve three-year terms. The new PIG will meet for the first time in late-March and will elect a PIG chair and vice-chair, with one of the roles taken by a producer and the other by an allied industry representative.

The PIG will then elect the Board, which will meet later the same day and elect a new NPA chair and vice-chair.

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: “Congratulations to all the successful candidates, who, together, truly represent the entire pig sector and bring an ideal mix of skills, knowledge and experience to help shape NPA policy over the next three years.

“I am also so sorry for those that didn’t make it, but would like to thank you to you all for putting your names forward to represent your industry.”

Zoe also thanked all those whose time serving on the PIG and its predecessors, the Producer Group (PG) and Allied Industry Group (AIG) had come to an end.