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The NPA's 20th anniversary celebration in pictures

21st Jun 2019 / By Alistair Driver

The NPA celebtated its 20th anniversary with a party at the Warwickshire Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, June 18.

NPA 20th cake

It brought together people who have played key roles in the association's illustrious history – from its conception in the midst of the biggest crisis in the UK pig industry's history through to the present day. 

NPA 20th guests 2

NPA 20th guests 3

The NPA's Producer Group met at the venue in the morning. There was plenty to talk about, from pig prices, to the #MuckFreeTruck campaign, pork promotion and the next set of antibiotic targets. Then plenty to celebrate in the afternoon. 

NPA 20th PG

Senior policy advisor Ed Barker, South Central regional PG representative Sally Stockings and the NPA's latest recruit Rebecca Veale. 

NPA 20th group 2

NPA vice chairman Rob Mutimer, former chairman and executive director Stewart Houston and Eastern regional representative Steve Hart share a joke. They probably weren't discussing pig prices.

NPA 20th group

Pig World publisher Simon Lewis and former AHDB strategy director Mick Sloyan in deep discussion. 


NPA 20th Lewis Sloyan

Devon farmer and South West PG member Andrew Freemantle arrived the previous night to start cooking a hog roast. The only way to celebrate 20 years of the NPA! 

NPA 20th Freemantle 1

Hog roast

It provided, as NPA chairman Richard Lister said when he thanked Andrew, a 'fantastic lunch' enjoyed by all. There wasn't much left. 

NPA 20th hog roast after

Richard Lister thanked the guests and many others not in attendance 'for all your hard work and contributions to the association over the past 20 years'.

Lister speech

Your industry needs you! The honour was given to Stewart Houston - who else - to give an account of how the NPA was born in 1999 'out of a desparation to see the industry speak with one voice' at the industry's lowest point and how it has gone from strength to strength over the years.

SH speech

They were listening on every word.  


Guests received a copy of Digby's brilliant new book, described by Richard Lister as a 'blockbuster charting the NPA's 20-year journey, the up and downs, the tears of joy and despair'.

NPA 20th Digby ListerNPA 20th Digby book

The event ran like clockwork, brilliantly organised by NPA office manager Andrea Vickers. Richard thanked Andrea for her sterling efforts during his speech.  

NPA 20th Andrea

Richard also gave a special thank you to chief executive Zoe Davies, not just for her role in organising the event but for the leadership she has given to the organisation and the industry over more than a decade with NPA. She received a special hardback version of Digby's anniversary book. 

NPA 20th Zoe award

It included a special dedication... 

NPA 20th zoe book

"For the first time in my life I was speechless," said Hugh Crabtree, after he became only the fourth person to be awarded a Lifetime Fellowship of the NPA. 

Hugh Fellow 2

Richard Longthorp soon became the fifth. "Richard in many ways represents the true embodiment of the value of the NPA – the selfless attitude to work for the industry," Richard Lister said as he presented the award. 

NPA 20th Longthorp Fellow

"Leadership other organisations would die for," Stewart observed in his speech. 

NPA Fellows 2