Senior appointment announced to Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

By William Dodds

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The AHDB is a levy board funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Credit: Getty / Smederevac
The AHDB is a levy board funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. Credit: Getty / Smederevac

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The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Richard Hampton as its new international trade development director.

An experienced figure within the food and beverage industry, Hampton will take up his new role on 3 June 2024, a position that will require him to oversee the AHDB international trade development team’s work with the UK Government and the wider industry to optimise global growth opportunities on behalf of its levy payers.

Hampton has past knowledge of developing and transforming businesses and has worked extensively with FMCG, food and drink, retail and agriculture sector stakeholders.

For more than 18 years he worked for the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-Operative (Omsco), holding several senior positions including almost seven years as managing director. This stint provided him with international experience in foreign markets and negotiating export agreements, including export market development initiatives in both dairy and red meat.

Additionally, Hampton served on the Department for International Trade’s Trade Advisory Group for a year and a half and was vice chair of the Food and Drink Federation’s Organic Committee.

The AHDB is a statutory levy board that is funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain that works to help the industry succeed and international trade development is a critical part of its work.

Graham Wilkinson, AHDB chief executive, said that the organisation was delighted to announced that Hampton would be joining as of 3 June.

“His vast experience on the global stage will be a huge asset in ensuring that AHDB continues to deliver for its levy payers, so more consumers around the world are enjoying British red meat and dairy,”​ added Wilkinson.

“Our levy payers have told us how much they value our work on international trade development and that they want to see us do more in this field. Richard’s appointment, coupled with AHDB’s long established record of working with industry and government to maximise global trade opportunities, will help us continue to ensure our levy payers' products flourish in markets the world over.”

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