Job losses as AHDB cuts costs by £7.8 million in major restructure

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Staff cuts including some in its senior leadership team will see AHDB reduce its operational costs by £7.8 million.

As part of a major restructuring programme announced earlier this year, the number of senior managers will be cut from 20 to 14.

But the majority of the savings from its £29m staff and overheads budget come as a result of the winding down of the horticulture and potato sectors following two levy payer ballots.

The board also plans to save money by subletting some of its office space at its Stoneleigh headquarters.

AHDB chair Nicholas Saphir said: “This new structure puts a clear focus on day-to-day delivery across all our knowledge exchange, technical, market intelligence, exports and marketing work.

“At the same time there will be absolute focus on levy payer engagement and involvement in planning sector priorities and programmes.

“With our new team now taking shape, this autumn we will be ready to unveil fundamental changes to the way levy payers can have a better say regarding what we provide, including the introduction of regular votes on a wide range of services and delivery.

“The revised senior management team will be in place at the beginning of September ready for the arrival of the new chief executive Tim Rycroft.”

 

Farmers Guardian

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