Interim AHDB potatoes sector board chair appointed

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The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board has appointed Alison Levett as interim chairperson of its Potato Sector Board.

Alison, who has sat on the AHDB Potato Sector Board since April 2019, will take up her temporary post from today (July 21st) when Sophie Churchill leaves after completing her term in office.

She will attend the main AHDB board meetings as an observer and to brief them on potatoes matters. She will remain as interim Potato Sector Board Chair until the new AHDB Strategy is agreed which will determine any new skills sets needed to be recruited for the AHDB Board.

Alison said: “Delivery of AHDB Potatoes’ business plan during this period of transition remains our priority and I’m looking forward to taking on this new role. The Potato Board, together with the AHDB staff, has a fantastic amount of knowledge and experience representing all the sectors of our industry, and I am pleased to be working with such a great team.”

Alison has built up an impressive career in the food and drink industry, including 17 years’ experience in leadership positions for both corporate and private equity-backed firms, such as: UK and Ireland MD for Campbell’s Grocery Products and UK and Ireland MD for Allied Domecq. Currently Alison is building a portfolio of board and advisory roles and most recently has worked with Grant Thornton to support a number of mid-sized businesses looking for help with their growth strategies. Having relocated to Somerset, she has recently undertaken on a house renovation project with 50 acres of grazing land.

In her interim position she will receive non-pensionable pro-rata remuneration of £32,000 per annum, based on a minimum time commitment of two days a week.