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Mr Tony Pexton


Tony Pexton (Chair)

Tony was Chairman of the NIAB Board from 2003 to 2012.

He oversees the operation of a family farm in East Yorkshire where pigs are reared from progeny to bacon and wheat, oilseed rape and vining beans are grown. In 2005, he was awarded the OBE for services to agriculture.

Tony was elected to the NFU Council in 1981 and went on to serve as Chairman of the National Cereal Committee from 1987 to 1992 and as Vice-President and Deputy President between 1992 and 2000. Mr Pexton has served on the Council of the Oxford Farming Conference, acting as Chairman in 2002, and as a Board member of Assured Food Standards, and Chairman of the Assured Combinable Crops Scheme. In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the Farmers Club. He was formerly Chairman of the Sustainable Arable Link Research & Development Programme Management Committee for Defra. He is also a Nuffield Scholar (N.Sch), was Chairman of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust from 2008-2009 and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgs). 

Mr Brian Montgomery


Brian Montgomery

Brian is a former Head of Agriculture at NatWest Bank with continued involvement in the RASE.

Mr Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis B.SC(Econ) F.C.A. (ret'd)

Jeremy was Chairman of the NIAB Board from 2012 to 2016.

He has a mixed portfolio of non executive positions in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors together with his own rural business consultancy. He is a governor of Tudor Hall School and has recently been elected Chair of Governors at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. He is also associated with a number of charitable organisations in the UK, including the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Until 2006 he was a partner in the accounting firm Grant Thornton as Head of Agriculture and managing the firm’s business in Oxfordshire. Latterly he was a non executive director of the firm's UK and International Governance Boards. He farms Dexter cattle in Oxfordshire. 

John Shropshire

John Shropshire

After gaining a BSc Hons in Agriculture at Newcastle University in 1976, John joined the family farming and marketing business which had been founded by his father in 1952.

John is CEO of the G’s Marketing Group business which now has sales of £230m per annum in the UK and throughout Europe. Integral to its business, is its expertise in growing with its own farming operations in the UK, Czech Republic and Spain producing over 8,000 hectares of salad and vegetable crops supplying half of group sales. The remainder is sourced from 30 other committed growers worldwide.

The Group employs over 4,000 people and has won several national industry awards recognising its progress in technical and product innovation, exports and environmental management. 

Andrew Slack

Andrew recently retired as Partner, Head of Land and Rural Business at Grant Thornton, after thirty years of service. Prior to that he worked for the Farm Management Division of the Nickerson Group. He has a degree in Agriculture from Nottingham University and is a Chartered Accountant. Andrew is a member of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and the NFU and has served on the Taxation Committees for both organisations. He is a member of the Farmers Club and the Worshipful Company of Farmers. Hobbies include golf, gardening, shooting and fly fishing. 

Dr Charles Looker

Currently farming in Cambridgeshire, Charles graduated in Agricultural Science and spent eight years doing postgraduate and postdoctoral research on pulse crops, followed by twelve years helping to bring new varieties of combinable crops to the market. He has also worked for fifteen years in Information Technology, bringing him into contact with a range of business areas including arable farming, retail, tax accountancy and the police. One of his other interests is planning and land use which developed from his experience as a District Councillor and as Chairman of his local Civic Society. His relationship with NIAB began with a number of student vacation jobs and continued through his work on crop varieties; he retains and uses his Crop Inspector’s Licence. 


Richard Pemberton MSc MRICS

Richard is the Managing Director of Trumpington Farm Company; a 3200 ha arable farming business in Cambridgeshire. He has a diploma in Rural Estate Management from the RAU Cirencester and an MSc in Agri-Business Management from Wye College, University of London. He was Associate Director Savills until 2007 when he left to take up his present position. Richard has held the office of Chairman of Cambs and Beds Committee Country Land & Business Association (2013-2015) and Chairman of Cambridgeshire Committee Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (2011-2014). He is the Proposed High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire for 2017. Richard’s interests include farmland conservation, woodland creation and renewable energy (wind, solar and biomass). He is married with three children.