Angela Christison, Sector Strategy Director for Pork, AHDB
Angela has experience in the dairy, beef and pork livestock sectors. She has lived and worked internationally and spent 17 years with Genus PLC. In 2002 she was appointed as their Global Business Development Director based in Wisconsin USA and was instrumental in the Genus purchase of the Pig Improvement Company in 2005.
After gaining her BSc Honours Degree in Agriculture in 1989 from Seale-Hayne Agricultural College she joined Genus as a Cattle Breeding Specialist based in Yorkshire, buying bulls for the stud and supporting farmers to get the most from their dairy and beef enterprises.
She lead a series of globally dispersed teams including those responsible for production, sales, marketing, purchasing and R&D.
Following her career with Genus, Angela set up her own training business and has designed and delivered hundreds of training programmes over the past seven years for both the public and private sector. This included international agricultural businesses, the banking sector and construction industries.
Angela is passionate about the UK Agricultural Industry and optimising its strength as we move forward in challenging times.
Jack Keane, General Manager PIC Russia, PIC
After leaving Writtle in 1977 my agricultural career started on Romney Marsh, Kent, where in 1979 I started work on what was then an Accredicross Nucleus Unit. Following this I moved into commercial pig production and in 1984 I was in Oxfordshire managing a 1,000 sow outdoor unit using PIC breeding stock.
In 1986 I joined PIC where I became Contract Production manager and in 1992 Production manager UK. These were exciting times in PIC and I spent 2 years in Scotland working with some large operations which eventually led to me being invited to work in the US for PIC.
I moved to America at the end of 1994 and in 1995 moved to Oklahoma where I was responsible for the construction and operation of a 25,000 sow, multi-site operation. The operation consisted of a 5,000 sow multiplier and two 10,000 sow units with eight Nurseries and sixteen Finishers to facilitate all in all out by site by week.
In 2000 I was approached by Smithfield Foods and as a result moved to the east coast of America, Virginia, where I managed a Smithfield owned operation with 70,000 sows.
In 2007 the opportunity came to work in Russia with new start-ups. I worked for 2 large operations advising and managing and in 2011 PIC Russia invited me to join them as Business Development Manager, growing our Key Account business and establishing new contract production in Russia.
In 2016 I became General Manager of the PIC Russia business, which is primarily a Key Account business heavily focused on the largest producers in Russia. It has been an incredible time in the Russian pig industry and it has been a privilege to be part of it.
Jurgen Preugschas, President, Pigs R Us
Living in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada most of his life and has been a hog, grain and cattle farmer since 1970. Originally produced breeding swine which was sold in Alberta and around the world. In 1995 was founding member of Peak Swine Genetics Inc. and still a major shareholder and Director. Experience on many Boards including ALMA Board of Directors, the International Meat Secretariat based in Paris, and a Part-time Commissioner on the Alberta Energy Regulator.
Past Board experience as Director and Chairman of the Board of Alberta Pork and of Canadian Pork Council and the Western Hog Exchange. Also spent 7 years as Director of the public company Premium Brands Inc. (Fletchers Fine Foods) where he chaired the Governance Committee for a number of years. Farmer Director on the Alberta Products Marketing Council serving time as Vice-Chair and chair of the Governance committee.
Son, Niko, has taken over the farm now and Jurgen enjoys helping with the management of the operation. They market close to 40,000 finisher hogs per year.
Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer, AHDB
Tom Hind is Chief Strategy Officer at the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB). Funded by farmer levies, AHDB inspires, farmers, growers and the food industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Tom leads the organisation’s work on strategy, covering the organisation’s 6 sectors in order to identify where AHDB can deliver the most value through its work. He leads a team of over 60 directors and experts who provide specialist sector knowledge as well as insight and evidence on markets and economics to farmers, growers and the wider industry.
Tom spent over 15 years at the NFU England & Wales, working in a range of roles including Chief Dairy Adviser, Head of Economics and Corporate Affairs Director. He also spent some time leading the UK NFU’s lobbying efforts in Brussels.
Before joining AHDB Tom held the position of Agriculture Director at Tesco, working closely with colleagues and suppliers to shape the business’ agriculture strategy.
Married to Sara, Tom was brought up on the outskirts of Sheffield working school holidays on his uncle’s livestock farm. He has also worked on a mixed dairy/ arable farm in Normandy, France. Outside of work, Tom enjoys cycling, fishing and walking. He holds an honours degree in politics and French from Warwick University.
Andrew Saunders, Director of Tulip Agriculture and Managing Director of Dalehead Foods
Andrew joined the Tulip Board in 2007 as Agriculture Director and became Managing Director of Dalehead Foods in December 2017. He began his career in practical pig production after studying at Agriculture College. He then joined Associated British Foods and established BQP, adding an abattoir/processing division before the business joined Dalehead Foods in 2000.
Andrew is responsible for BQP’s pig production business covering 500 farms in East Anglia, South West and Midlands covering all aspects from grain supply to the abattoir, through to customers. He is responsible for purchasing of all pigs from farms to meet Tulip requirements. Andrew is also a member of Danish Crown Pig Supply Group reviewing farm standards, key issues in the supply chains, sourcing strategy and purchasing options.
He was a member of the AHDB Pork board for 15 years. He is also chair of British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) Pigmeat Committee and a member of the BMPA Council.
He was the chair of a Group of 15 suppliers/processors covering all areas of Primary Protein (including beef, pork, lamb, milk, organic milk, duck, broiler chicken, turkey, eggs and fish) reviewing the opportunities for supply chain cooperation and adding value from on farm standards to marketing opportunities.
Andrew is a Director of QPL/QPP, a partnership operating an abattoir in Scotland as a collaborative business between Scottish pig farmers and Tulip.
Richard Brown, Director, Gira
Richard is a Director of Gira – the international food research & consultancy firm, since 1991. He has overall responsibility for the meat sector projects in Gira’s two main business areas of management consultancy and strategic market & industrial research. This includes a wide range of projects in the meat sector around the world. Richard has an MBA (London Business School), and is a Director of IMS. He previously worked as a food sector strategist for DZ (the German co-operative bank), and as a commodity trader. He has a livestock & arable farm in the UK.