Chair of the FSA Board
Tim Bennett is the Chair of the FSA Board and has been a Board member since March 2008.
Tim Bennett was Deputy President and then President of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales between 1998 and 2006. He was also a governor of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research between 2000 and 2006, and a Director of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, a charity that provides practical on-farm nature conservation advice. Tim sat on the board of the Meat Hygiene Service and used to sit on the FSA's Audit and Risk Committees. He is also a member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales, and Chairman of DairyCo - the Milk Sector Division of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board, which administers statutory levies in the agricultural industry.
Tim Bennett has experience of most sectors of primary agriculture and of local retail sales, as well as a wide knowledge of the food supply chain. He and his wife own an organic farm near Carmarthen in South West Wales. The farm has at various times had a pedigree dairy herd, an egg-producing enterprise selling to local consumers and a beef breeding enterprise producing Aberdeen Angus animals.
Paid employment, office or profession
Chairman of DairyCo
Board member of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development board a NDPB of DEFRA.
Spouse administrator in private healthcare.
Son employed in financial services.
Daughter employed as a music teacher in secondary school, Wales.
Directorships, whether paid or not
Director and shareholder in National Livestock Management Database Ltd.
Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit
Organic farm owned in partnership with spouse in south west Wales.
Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations
Member of the National Farmers' Union
Member of the Farmers Club London
Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and Fellow of the Institute of Grocery Distribution
Agricultural Land Tribunal Wales
Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares
Community Foods Ltd