He is a Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), a position he held for the past 7 years. Awarded an MBE for services to the dairy industry in the January 2008 Queen’s New Year Honours list. He remains Policy Director to the Association. He is Executive Director, Cattle Health Certification Standards UK Limited (CHeCS), an accreditation body for the various cattle health schemes for non-notifiable diseases (BVD, Lepto, IBR and Johnes).
Until late 1999 he was Chief Executive, Holstein UK & Ireland, the newly created organisation arising from the integration of the two black and white breed societies after some 54 years apart. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive, Holstein Friesian Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He remains Executive Secretary to the National Cattle Association (Dairy) – a federation of 11 UK dairy breed societies.
He was for 10 years from 1983, Chief Agricultural Adviser for BOCM Silcock/BOCM PAULS LTD. Before taking the breed society position, he was Institute Business Manager for the Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research (IGER) at Aberystwyth charged with marketing the institute on a worldwide basis.
He is also past Executive Chairman of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and Chairman of the Institute of Agricultural Management.
He is also involved in a whole host of other agricultural organisations in addition to RUMA. He is a Visiting Fellow, the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester and chairs the College’s School of Agriculture Advisory Board, a Governor of the Silcock Fellowship for Livestock Research and a Trustee of the Society of Biology and Chair of its College of Elected Members. He is a member of the VMD Veterinary Residues Committee and serves on the Food Standards Agency Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs (ACAF). He is a Non-Executive Director for Lantra, the sector skills council for the land based sector and is Chairman of the (English) Cattle Health & Welfare Group. In 2014 he was appointed Chairman of the Farm Animal Genetic Resources Committee