Gary Taylor reappointed to horticulture levy board

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) Board members, Gary Taylor MBE and Gwyn Jones, have been reappointed as Board Members for a second term by UK Ministers with effect from 1 October 2016, having completed their initial term in office.

Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor
Taylor, who also chairs the AHDB Horticulture Sector Board, has been given a further two years in office. Jones, who also chairs the AHDB Dairy Sector Board, has a further three years.

Peter Kendall, AHDB Board Chairman, said: "I am really pleased Gwyn and Gary have been reappointed for a second term. AHDB and the farming industry are both going through a period of enormous change, so Gwyn’s and Gary’s continued valuable input is really important. I am delighted that they have both agreed to serve a second term and ensure that we deliver ever greater value for money for levy payers in the coming years."

Taylor has worked in the fresh produce industry for over 40 years. He started as a seasonal worker and worked his way up in the industry. He moved to Valley Grown Salads (VGS) in Essex in 2000 where he was instrumental in rebuilding the nursery. During the last fourteen years, Gary has also been heavily involved in supporting and developing the wider industry. He has served on a number of boards and committees including as Vice Chair of the NFU Board for Horticulture, Chairman of the East Anglian Horticulture Board and Chairman of the Red Tractor Technical Advisory Committee working standards group (TAC) for horticulture and as a member of the AHDB Horticulture sector board. Gary was the founder and former Chairman of the PTG (Pepper Technology Group) and former Chairman of the LVGA (Lee Valley Grower Association). He is also interim chair of the Horticulture Innovation Partnership (HIP). In 2013, Gary was awarded an MBE for services to the pepper industry.

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