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Less than 24 hours left to vote - don't leave it to others to decide!

21st Feb 2024 / By Alistair Driver

There is now less than 24 hours left to vote to elect a new Pig Industry Group (PIG) to steer the NPA through the challenges of the next three years. 

NPA Election 2021 logo"Don't let others decide who represents you over the next three years! If you haven't vote yet, we really urge to do so over the next few days," NPA chief executive Lizzie Wilson said.

She reminded NPA members that the deadline to get your voting forms in is midday, Thursday February 22.

Ballot forms are available in the Members' Area. Forms should be returned to: 

A total of 20 excellent candidates are competing for 12 places on PIG. 

They include a mix of current PIG members and those seeking to represent their sector on the NPA’s decision-making body for the first time.

Lizzie added: “We are thrilled to have such a strong field of candidates in both the producer and allied industry elections, with a good blend of experience and new blood. It is going to be a very competitive election.

“We urge all our members to read the manifestos and use the power of your vote to elect the strongest possible candidates to guide us through this vital time of transformation for the pig sector, over their three-year terms.”

Writing on the forum, NPA vice chair Hugh Crabtree said: "It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for members to mandate their policy body through a big election turnout. This hugely strengthens the clout of our trade association in its dealings with other industry stakeholders and not least the government itself."

All 20 candidates have produced manifestos, while a couple have sent in videos, setting out why they think they deserve your vote. 

  • You can read all 20 manifestos and see the videos HERE 

Producers

The nominations includes 12 producers from a mix of production systems and business sizes and types. They will be competing for eight places on PIG. 

  • Fred Allen
  • Tom Allen 
  • Joe Dewhirst
  • Ash Gilman
  • Robin Lawson
  • Rob Mutimer 
  • Adrian Russell
  • Phil Stephenson 
  • John Stockings
  • Matt Swaine
  • Sam Ward
  • Helen Webb.

Allied industry

Eight allied industry representatives, again drawn from a wide range of business types, have put their names forward.

  • Oliver Bown
  • Peter Bryant
  • Andy Hall
  • Joe Lunt
  • Jon McKechnie
  • Michelle Sprent 
  • Tim Styles
  • Gemma Thwaites

How the elections work

NPA members will now elect the 12 members of the PIG:

  • The newly elected group will consist of eight producers and four allied industry members.
  • Producers will be elected on the basis of the most votes received, rather than a regional basis, as previously.
  • Effortsv will be made to ensure a balance between indoor and outdoor production and independent and corporate producers.
  • Allied members will be elected via most votes in four categories – buildings/equipment, health, marketing/processing and nutrition/feed.

Voting process and rules

  • Voting via email opened on January 22, with ballot forms emailed to members and available in the Members' Area of the website. Forms should be returned to:
  • Postal ballots will be sent to those who have not voted online (or cannot) on Monday, February 5.
  • Voting closes at midday on Thursday, February 22. The results will be published in the March edition of Pig World and on the NPA website.
  • You can only vote if you are a paid-up member of NPA. Only one vote may be cast per membership number - you must therefore agree who puts the casting vote forward.
  • Producer members can only vote for producer candidates and allied industry members can only vote for allied industry candidates.
  • A current producer member may vote for up to eight producer candidates.
  • A current allied industry member may vote for up to four allied industry candidates.
  • The voter is not obliged to use all votes, but you are encouraged to do so. Ballots will be invalidated if you exceed your allotted number of votes.
  • Make sure you read all the manifestos before casting your vote!

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