Brian Richardson will step down from his role at he largest auction operation in the UK in the summer
Harrison and Hetherington (H and H) chief executive Brian Richardson has confirmed he will step down to tackle another challenge after 10 years in the role.
H and H was the biggest auction operation in the UK, trading over £150 million of livestock every year from 9 auction sites.
Mr Richardson said he felt ten years as a chief executive was a ‘good innings’.
“At 57 I feel I have another challenge in me, so with a first-class team at H and H in place, and a solid financial base, it’s an appropriate time to pass on the baton to someone else.
“New ideas are always good, and a new pair of eyes supported by an excellent management team will oversee the next phase of development at H and H.”
Mr Richardson said he had always been involved in agribusiness and it had been a ‘great privilege’ to lead H and H.
“Farming is an incredibly challenging business and just as farmers must keep adapting to change, so do the businesses around it,” he said.
“In my role as Chief Executive I have overseen investment in the physical assets we have, to ensure that we provide the best facilities for farmers and the services that we offer them.”
He added one of the focuses had been on developing people.
“For me personally it is a great pleasure to see young staff coming through whose careers have been developed within each business and mentored by more experienced staff, in the livestock, the land agency, and our other companies.
“Growing our own is very much a key philosophy at H and H.
“The good business principles and practices we have adopted have allowed us to avoid some of the issues our competitors have had.
“These have enabled us to take a long-term view of the future ongoing development of the business.”
He said major milestones during his time included the new Show Hall and mart extention at Carlisle, growing the Borderway Agri-Expo and Dairy Expo events and the takeover of the John Swan and Son auction business in 2016.
“This spring we have announced ambitious plans to develop the mart site at Newtown St Boswells, a further commitment to the mart sector and investing in the rural community,” he said.
“Brexit will be the next challenge and H and H is well prepared for this. The Group will look to work with its customers on the inevitable changes that will come to all farming sectors.
“The team here are ready for the future.”