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Three more step forward for AIG election

20th Dec 2017 / By Alistair Driver

There will be at least 11 candidates for the 10 Allied Industry Group (AIG) places in the January NPA elections after three more candidates put their names forward for election. 

AIG chairman Hugh Crabtree has said all along that he wanted at least a 'cricket team' to ensure a proper contest when voting begins towards the end of January. With just over a fortnight left until nominations close, he has now got that... and counting (and this lot would undoubtedly fare better than our boys Down Under). 

The latest candidates

AZS2The first of the latest three to have their nominations confirmed was Andrew Zarkos Smith, of Zarkos-Smith Associates, who has worked in the pig feed business for over 30 years in the UK and overseas.

He said in his manifesto: "I have tried to introduce out-of-the-box thinking to my customers in order for them to keep at the very top of their game.

"This experience should allow me to contribute to the work and support of our industry through the NPA and help a wider group of UK pig farmers using a pragmatic commonsense approach."

Paul Hutton1Paul Hutton, of Collinson, also has 30 years of experience in agriculture in the UK and around the world.

"I put myself forward as someone who is passionate about British agriculture and those who live it," he said.

"If elected, I believe my cross-sector and international knowledge could serve as an asset to the NPA in the challenges that may arise as Brexit negotiations progress'.

"It is imperative NPA retains strong members with the reach and knowledge to continue moving the sector forward."

Bob Dixon1The latest to throw his allied industry hat into the ring is Bob Dixon, who has worked in this sector for 25 years, starting out on pig units in Scotland and, for the last 20 years, with ABN, for which he is currently national sales manager.

"I'm extremely passionate about collaboration within the pig industry", he said.

"I've made a career out of bringing people and ideas together to build compelling propositions that deliver on what our industry needs.

"I would look forward to contributing to the Allied Industry Group and to the work needed to shape the future of our industry."

To read all three manifestos, click here

Get your nominations in soon!

Nominations for NPA Producer Group and AIG elections close on January 8. To nominate yourself, go to votenpa.co.uk for online entry forms and rules. 

PG nominations need to be supported by two current NPA producer members - a proposer and a seconder. AIG nominations need to be supported by two current NPA allied industry members.

To be validated, election addresses and head and shoulders pictures must be supplied with nominations.