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British Wool Board Members

The Board consists of nine non-executive regionally elected producer members (elected on a rotational basis for an initial three year term with a maximum tenure of four terms), the Chief Executive, the Chief Financial Officer, two non-executive board members appointed jointly by the Government and British Wool for a term of three years, and a non-executive board member appointed by British Wool. The three non-executive members who are not elected producers are appointed to bring relevant business skills and experience. 

Jim Robertson - Scottish Southern Jim Robertson - Scottish Southern Chairman & Producer Member Andrew Hogley Andrew Hogley Chief Executive Officer Andy Whelan Andy Whelan Chief Finance Officer Brendan Kelly – Northern Ireland Brendan Kelly – Northern Ireland Vice Chairman & Producer Member Carl Stephenson - English Northern Carl Stephenson - English Northern Producer Member Kate Drury - English Central Kate Drury - English Central Producer Member Bob Blanden - English Southern Bob Blanden - English Southern Producer Member Alan Marshall - English South Western Alan Marshall - English South Western Producer Member Donald Fraser - Scottish Northern Donald Fraser - Scottish Northern Producer Member Huw Evans - Welsh Northern Huw Evans - Welsh Northern Producer Member John Davies - Welsh Southern John Davies - Welsh Southern Producer Member Marko Ilincic Marko Ilincic Non-Executive Member Rhys Davies Rhys Davies Non-Executive Member Jonathan Lea FCMA Jonathan Lea FCMA Non-Executive Member

Jim Robertson - Scottish Southern

Jim farms over 1700 acres of LFA in Langholm Dumfriesshire, running a flock of 950 South Country Cheviots and 50 Texel’s, along with 100 Galloway cows. Over the past few years, Jim has bought White bred Shorthorn bulls and also sells both blue grey and Galloway heifers and steers. Jim breeds his own female replacements, both sheep and cattle, then sells his pedigree Cheviot Rams at the annual SCC sale in October.

The Becks, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, DG13 0LP

Tel: 01387 380457 Mob: 07834 034779

Previously Director of Wool Sales & Producer Services Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2021. A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Chartered Financial Analyst, Andrew worked in the city as an equity research analyst for 16 years prior to joining British Wool. Andrew lives in Holmfirth and, outside of work, rows for City of Sheffield and enjoys mountain biking with his family.

Tel: 01274 688666


Andy joined British Wool in 2020 and is a Chartered Accountant having trained with KPMG in Leeds.  Andy spent 15 years with KPMG mostly in audit, dealing with clients across multiple sectors and of varying sizes from billion turnover listed PLC's, US or European groups, all the way down to local, small owner managed businesses.  Andy also led the UK audit of Arla Foods for several years and therefore understands some of the dynamics of a farmer owned business.  Andy left KPMG in 2014 to become Finance Director of a £35m turnover chain of bars and restaurants across the North of England in which he was responsible for all areas of finance, tax, legislation, reporting, and IT.  Andy lives in Guiseley, Leeds and enjoys coaching his son's football team, playing golf and cycling, when allowed.

Tel: 01274 688666

Brendan Kelly – Northern Ireland

Farming in partnership with his two brothers, Brendan runs around 950 breeding ewes, including Mules and Romney’s, as well as 90 suckler cows on over 600 acres of grazing land. As well as being an active member of the UFU’s Beef and lamb committee, Brendan is also a member of the BISCA executive committee and a senior shearing judge as well as an advanced shearer in his own right.

185 Magheralane Road, Co Antrim, BT41 2PH

Mob:     07831 669669

Carl Stephenson - English Northern

Carl farms 400 acres (mainly tenanted) of Severely Disadvantaged land in Teesdale, Durham. His farm runs Limousin and Beef Shorthorn suckler cows, along with Swaledale ewes (pure-bred and crossed), Bluefaced Leicesters and North of England Mule Ewes.

Pikestone, Woodland, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham DL13 5RT

Tel: 01833 631318

Kate Drury - English Central

Kate Drury, BSc, has been working in the agricultural industry for the past 30 years, on the farm and in ancillary trades. On leaving school Kate worked on the family farm in Northamptonshire lambing 700 ewes including a pedigree flock of Berrichons.  Gaining the opportunity to work at the Breeding Research Station in northern France, show and promote the breed around the UK. Kate divides her time between the farm on the Northamptonshire / Leicestershire border and consultancy work around the UK.  The farm consists of mixed livestock, arable, B&B, Commercial and private lets. She is presently finishing her Masters in Sustainable Food and Agricultural Policy at the RAU

Tel: 07917 793192

Bob started his working career as a Shepherd, moving onto Farm Management before starting up a Contractor Business that included Shearing, Dipping and Scanning.  Alongside this he was a Shearing Instructor as well as ran a flock of 250 Ewes and during the winter store lambs in conjunction with 5,000 agistered Welsh sheep.
Bob has also been involved with NSA for over 30 years, being Regional Chairman, Board Member and recently Regional Manager.

Upper Stonehill House, Charlton, Malmesbury SN16 9DX

Tel: 01666 860308  Mob: 07860689391

Alan Marshall - English South Western

Alan farms 500 acres in the LFA's of Devon in partnership with his son. He was able to grow the farm business from sheep contracting services, shearing, dipping and scanning and, latterly, as a British Wool Shearing Instructor. The farm keeps 100 cattle and 1200 Highlander ewes which are kept for the production of replacements and rams. Alan was elected in March 2016.

School Lane Farm, Chilsworth, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 7BQ

Tel: 01409 253389 Mob: 07977 471831

Donald Fraser - Scottish Northern

In partnership with his wife and son, Donald farms in the west of Inverness. His farm has 5,000 acres from 150 – 1,400 ft above sea level, running 250 pure cheviots, 600 cheviot mules and 200 suckler cows.

Dunain Farm, Dunain Mains, Inverness, IV3 8JX

Tel: 07778 375694

Huw Evans - Welsh Northern

In partnership with his wife, Huw farms two holdings in a Severely Disadvantaged Area in Rhyd-y-main, Dolgellau, running two self-contained flocks of Welsh Mountain ewes and a pedigree Welsh Black Cattle herd on land rising up to 2400 ft. Huw is past Chairman of the Welsh Mountain Sheep Society and has represented Merioneth on NFU Cymru's LFA Board since 2006.

Hengwrt Uchaf, Rhydymain, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2AR

Tel: 01341 450252 Mob: 07922 775265

John Davies - Welsh Southern

John runs a beef and sheep farm in partnership with his wife Audrey, and son Bleddyn. The family's flock of 700 sheep include Beulah, Tregaron Welsh and Aberfield X. John is a past chairman of Ceredigion NFU and currently a county representative on NFU Wales Rural Affairs Board.

Blaenglowon Fawr, Talgarreg, Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4EX

Tel: 01559 364869 Mob: 07816 857504

Marko Ilincic - Non-Executive Member

Marko was appointed as Non-Executive Member on 1 February 2019, bringing considerable strategic, commercial and retail experience gained from various senior leadership roles at The LEGO Group. Marko was responsible for driving international growth across a number of continents, including Asia – a key target market for British Wool. For the last 5 ½ years he lived with his wife and two children in Singapore, returning to live in Marlow, Buckinghamshire early in 2019. Marko is a qualified rugby coach and avid fan of the sport, a property developer and co-owner of a pub and restaurant in Maidenhead.

Rhys Davies - Non-Executive Member

Rhys joined the board on 1st October 2019. He has extensive change and transformation experience, predominantly IT led, across a number of business sectors - supermarkets, supply chain, leisure, higher education and health – with some of these programmes leading to world first innovations. Rhys holds a number of non-executive and director roles in West Yorkshire at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Sovereign Health Care, the University of Huddersfield and Bradford Grammar School and is also working with a start-up educational technology company.


Jonathan Lea FCMA - Independent Non-Executive Member

Jonathan joined the board on 1st October 2019. He is a Finance Director by profession, was previously the CFO of a FTSE 250 PLC and has wide international experience of business in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He spent 25 years in the global textile industry, including working in Hong Kong and China for 7 years. He also has a deep interest in sustainability and was previously a Director of WRAP, the not-for-profit organisation that developed and runs the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, a clothing industry-led initiative that uses collective action to transform the environmental impact of our clothes.

He has considerable experience in corporate governance across a number of different sectors and is a Non-Executive Director on several boards, including Crop Health and Protection Ltd (CHAP), a government backed agri-tech centre set up to improve agricultural productivity in the UK.