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AHDB reveals more than £22m spent on staff costs

AHDB spent more than £22m on staff costs last year, including about £18m on levy supported staff.


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AHDB reveals more than £22m spent on staff costs

AHDB’s annual report shows the levy body spent about £22.5m on staffing costs for the year ending March 31, 2016. In total, the organisation employs 509 full-time staff and several board members who work part-time. This includes 110 commercial staff whose costs are covered by the commercial operation.

 

Chairman Sir Peter Kendall earned between £50,000 and £55,000 in the year to March 2016.

 


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Levy fees were more than £58.6m, an increase of £1,261 on last year with non-levy income at more than £8.8m.

 

Support costs reduced from 10.5 per cent of income, compared to 10.6 per cent at 31 March 2015, surpassing their target of 12 per cent. The cash balance at the end of the year was £21.6m which is a reasonably consistent level at the end of March.

 

AHDB said its purpose was to 'equip levy payers with independent, evidence-based information and tools to grow, become more competitive and sustainable.'

 

In the report, Jane King, chief executive and accounting officer, said AHDB had 'implemented a major organisational restructure' including rebranding into an AHDB 'family of brands'.

 

During 2014/2015, AHDB moved into its new leasehold premises on Stoneleigh Park, spending £1.8m to fit-out the building.

 

£44.7m was spent on core strategic activities excluding staffing costs.

 

Research and development and knowledge transfer was the highest funded area, with £25.5m spent.

 

The board spent £12.5m on trade development in 2016. AHDB Beef and Lamb had the highest levy and non-levy income at £20.7m. Expenditure for the beef sector was £20.9m.

 

Ms King said it has been a 'busy and productive' year.

 

"With many parts of the industry under immense price pressures, it is only right that scrutiny and challenge have been directed at AHDB on the value we are delivering from the levies we raise," she said.

 

"I am confident that we are now better positioned to respond to these challenges and help the industry move forward.

 

"The restructure we have implemented, and intention to have greater focus on activity that makes a real difference for levy payers, should help improve understanding and appreciation of AHDB as a statutory levy board."

Board salaries

Peter Kendall:

Chairman of AHDB

£50,000-£55,000

 

Ian Crute:

Independent Board member of AHDB

Appointed 1 October 2014

£10,000-£15,000

 

Fiona Fell

Chairman of AHDB Potato Sector Board

£30,000-£35,000

 

Gwyn Jones

Chairman of AHDB Dairy Sector Board

Appointed 1 October 2014

£30,000-£35,000

 

Will Lifford

Independent Board member of AHDB

£10,000-£15,000

 

George Lyon

Independent Board member of AHDB

Appointed 1 April 2015

£10,000-£15,000

 

Adam Quinney

Chairman of AHDB Beef and Lamb Sector Board

Appointed 23 November 2015

£10,000-£15,000

 

Stuart Roberts

Chairman of AHDB Beef and Lamb Sector Board

Appointed 1 April 2015 and resigned 24 August 2015

£10,000-£15,000

 

Gary Taylor

Chairman of AHDB Horticulture Sector Board

Appointed 1 October 2014

£40,000-£45,000

 

Paul Temple

AHDB Chairman of Cereals and Oilseeds Sector Board

Appointed 1 April 2015

£30,000-£35,000

 

Meryl Ward

Chairman of AHDB Pork Sector Board

Appointed 1 April 2015

£30,000-£35,000


Andrew Kettlewell

Sheep and Arable Farmer

North Yorkshire

 

"They need to allocate more into advertising. I would rather have more money into marketing than on things like guides on how to look after your sheep.

 

"The power of advertising is very strong. When prices were rock bottom, I saw no advertising. We should be promoting something.

 

"I was trying to get a campaign to get farmers to not pay their levy and then they will do something. I think a lot of farmers are in agreement but the trouble is you would not get everyone to do it."


Sandra Stalker

Dairy Farmer

Cumbria

 

"I have had this out with them for 2 years, I even had Amanda ball asking me what I thought the problems were.

 

"My son’s wage for milking 200 cows last year was £10,000 and it will be less this time.

 

"They can't advertise milk as generic. [Milk has] health benefits, it is good for after sport and cheaper than cola for kids."


Bryan Griffiths

NSA

South West Regional Chairman

 

"We are going to be working closely with the AHDB post-Brexit, we are on good terms. We are doing our best to represent farmers and make sure they are getting value for their money.

 

"We are very keen to get money on promotional work as selling the products is the most important thing for farmers."

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