New era for National Beef Association

New era for National Beef Association

The National Beef Association (NBA) has established a new board, replacing the Review Committee that was created in October 2011 to oversee a comprehensive re-organisation of the association.

The NBA reported that continuity between the two has been ensured with the election of Hamish McBean as chairman of the NBA, having led the Review Committee for the last nine months.

McBean, a beef farmer from the Highlands of Scotland, said: “I am delighted that the NBA has moved through this period of transition and formed a new board. It is a great honour that I have been elected as chairman of that board, and I look forward to taking the many recommendations received by the Review Committee and putting them into action over the year of my term.”

Two other members of the former Review Committee will also sit on the new Board – Stephen Heenan, from Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, who will also serve as vice chairman, and Paul Westaway of Dymock, Gloucestershire.

Nick Davis of Llandrindod Wells, Powys will be the Welsh representative on the new board, while the South West and Northern regional seats of England have been filled by John Hoskin of Dorchester and Bob Schofield of York respectively. Other regional seats will be filled in time, as well as the co-option of a representative for the beef breed societies. With McBean as national chairman, Scotland has been offered an additional seat on the board, which will be filled by Jim Stewart of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, until the board of the new Scottish Beef Association is formed.

At the next NBA board meeting, which will be held in mid-September, the priority will be the creation of rules to complement the new Articles of Association.

McBean said: “We’ve come a long way since October and this is a very exciting new era for the NBA, with plenty of new faces to take the organisation forward in the future.”

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