Panel Elections

Each year we seek horticultural growers, or their technical staff, to become members of our panels. The panels help AHDB Horticulture channel levy funds into research and development and knowledge transfer activities that are relevant and fully supported by growers. In order to attend to the breadth of horticulture's crops we manage six panels in the following crop sectors:

Field Vegetables
Hardy Nursery Stock
Protected Ornamentals and Bulbs and Outdoor Flowers
Protected Edibles and Mushrooms
Soft Fruit
Tree Fruit (including stone fruit)  

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* 1. Your name?

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* 2. Your knowledge and skills?
Please (briefly) introduce us to your crops/areas of interest, skills and expertise, and history in the industry

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* 3. Levy Number:
(You can find this on your annual levy return form)

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* 4. Business address:

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* 5. Business postcode:

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* 6. Which Panel are you applying for?

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* 7. Please indicate which vacancy you would like to apply for?
(Positions for the following areas of expertise are available on the panels.)

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* 8. Are you currently or have you previously been a member of one of the panels or boards? Please provide detail.

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* 9. Contact Information

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To be eligible to stand for election, candidates must either be a current horticultural levy payer or be a payroll employee of a current levy payer.

Elected member positions will run for a period of 3 years starting on 1 January following election the previous autumn. During their term of office, members elected to the Panel must remain either a levy payer or a payroll employee of a levy payer (changes to job role or employer are acceptable provided levy status is maintained).

If an applicant could be a contractor under any contract placed by the sector panel, they must declare their interest and would be deemed ineligible to stand for election.

Members can only serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms, though would be eligible to stand again after a break of at least one term (3 years).


Elected Panel Members further recognise that:

• their role on the Panel is to represent the views of their industry sector; they do not represent their employing organisation;

• they are expected to behave in accordance with the seven 'Nolan’ Principles of Public Life (Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, Leadership)

• they must be prepared to set aside vested interests and give impartial advice for the benefit of the horticultural industry at large.

http://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/sites/default/files/PanelPolicy.pdf *

I confirm I have read and understood the eligibility criteria and Code of Practice for Panel Members as available above (Panel Policy).

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