Our Speakers

With inspiring real-life journeys, intriguing anecdotes, and essential advice, our speakers share both experience and insight across each sector of the industry.

From the industry’s heavyweight CEOs and royalty speakers all the way to aspiring students and graduates, we take great pride in our assembly of professional speakers. We’re always excited to hear their powerful stories and best practice demonstrations.

Lucianne Allen

Director, Aubrey Allen

With degrees in Languages and Law, Lucianne spent 10 years as a self-employed Criminal Barrister…
Minette Batters

NFU President

Minette runs a tenanted family farm in Wiltshire. The mixed farming business includes a 100-cow…
Margaret Boanas

Chair of International Meat Trade Association

After studying for an HND in Business Studies, Margaret began work in Sheffield as an…
Jodie Bolland

Senior Buyer

Jodie was brought up on a dairy farm in Malhamdale, meaning she has never been…
Pamela Brook

Editor of Meat Management Magazine

Pam is a past and current editor of Meat Management magazine and Food Management Today.…
Niall Browne

CEO of Dawn Meats

Niall joined the Dawn Graduate Programme after University and he progressed through the organisation, he…
Amie Burke

Skills Manager AHDB

Amie works with the British agricultural and horticultural industry to identify and target gaps in…
Adam Couch

CEO of Cranswick

Adam joined Cranswick’s fresh pork business in 1991 as a Graduate, having studied Business &…
Alan Clarke

CEO of Quality Meat Scotland

Alan is from Northern Ireland and has lived in Scotland for the last nine years. …
Katie Doherty

Policy Director of International Meat Trade Association

Katie was made a director of the IMTA board in March 2017, responsible for establishing…
Claire Donoghue

Operations Director & EU Head of Sustainability

Claire has a strong grounding in the beef industry. Growing up on a dairy farm,…
Andrew Duff

Director of MACDUFF

Andrew Duff, great grandson of ‘Chicago’ Peter, joined MACDUFF full time in the summer of…
Jamila Gordon

CEO & Founder, Lumachain

Jamila Gordon is CEO and Founder of Lumachain, a technology platform that connects the broken…
Temple Grandin

American Professor of Animal Science

Temple Grandin is the world-renowned American professor of animal science. Based at Colorado State University…
David Gunner

CEO of Dovecote Park

David Gunner is joint Chief Executive of Dovecote Park Ltd, the Yorkshire-based meat processing business…
Phil Hadley

International Development Director, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Phil is currently International Market Development Director for AHDB, having joined the organisation in 2004…
Katharine Haenelt

Head of Trading - Meat, Fish, Poultry, Dairy and Deli at Marks and Spencer

Katharine Haenelt is the Head of Trading for Meat, Fish, Poultry, Deli & Dairy at…
Beth Hart

Supply Chain Director for McDonald’s

Beth is the Supply Chain Director for McDonald’s in the UK and Ireland – her…
Soraya Karimi-Ghovanlou

Supply Chain Director

Soraya is an experienced Supply Chain professional who has worked within ambient, chilled and frozen…
Jane King

CEO of AHDB

Jane joined the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) in February 2015 as CEO and…
Ursula Lavery

Technical and R&D Director Europe, Moy Park

Ursula joined Moy Park in 1987 as a Marketing Executive having graduated with a BSc…
Susan Martindale

Group HR Director of Mitchells & Butlers

Susan was appointed Group HR Director for Mitchells & Butlers PLC in November 2012 having…
Anna Mason

Customer Marketing Manager

Anna is from Barnsley and graduated from The University of Warwick in 2006 with a…
Tara McCarthy

CEO of Bord Bia

Tara McCarthy is the Chief Executive of Bord Bia and brings with her over 20…
Christine Middlemiss

(Chief Veterinary Officer) - The Future of our Industry

Christine Middlemiss is the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer.  She was appointed on 1 March 2018…
Emma Nelson

Commercial Executive

Emma studied Agriculture at Queens University Belfast before starting the Dunbia ONE360 graduate programme. Emma…
Karen Powell

Director and Founder, A Matter of Choice, Kokoro

Karen has spent over 20 years in senior leadership roles and has operated at board-level…
Anne Richmond

Research & Development Manager

Anne grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland, rearing pedigree Charolais cattle and free-range…
Paula Vennells

Non-Executive Director of Morrisons Plc

Paula is a Non-Executive Director of Morrisons Plc. She is Chairman of First Rate Exchange…

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