Tom Adams, Managing Director
Tom founded the BGA with the help of the 'Sporting Agents & Shoot Committee' earlier this year. Prior to his current role, he was Director of Shooting at GunsOnPegs where he gained a strong understanding of the industry. His passion for the longevity of the sport and for the wider awareness and acceptance of game as a mass consumer product is unparalleled. Tom looks forward to the challenges facing the BGA and will be the key driving force behind the initiative.
Matt Tough, Commercial Director
Matt Tough has 35 years experience in the hospitality sector and specializes in sales, procurement and building mutually beneficial relationships between suppliers and clients to maximize value. Matt was an Executive Director of PSL for 24 years and worked with the board to build the company into the leading independent food consultancy company in the UK prior to its acquisition to Sodexho in 2016.
He has joined the BGA to build a network of specialist food suppliers that will promote and sell BGA assured game on behalf of our members to the UK hospitality sector.
David Lindars, Operations Manager
David has spent the last 33 years working in the retailing, manufacturing, hotel & hospitality sector and most recently at the British Meat Processors Association. Most of David’s career has been leading teams of food safety professionals that looked after the technical, food safety and legal affairs for Tesco, Budgens, Londis, ABP, Foyle Food Group, Vion and Whitbread.
David’s most recent role as technical policy advisor at the BMPA will be a huge benefit to the BGA as he managed the assurance scheme for the British pork industry. The other part of his role was working very closely with the competent authorities at DEFRA, FSA, PHE, RPA and other trade associations.
Louisa North, Executive Assistant
Louisa joined the team at the end of August and brings with her a wealth of administration skills. Having grown up in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside she is passionate that country pursuits are incorporating the latest developments in their field, to create a sustainable future for all. Louisa is excited to join a cause she believes so strongly in.
Ivan Shenkman, Chairman
Ivan set up upmarket food wholesale company London Larder in 1980 and sold it to Brakes in 1992. He then founded PSL which grew to be the UK’s largest food purchasing consultancy working with over 2,000 clients throughout the UK. In 2016 he sold PSL to global player Sodexo who are seeking to roll out the PSL concept across Europe and beyond. He remains on the board.
Ivan has taken a keen interest in country pursuits for as long as he can remember and is passionate about making sure our sport is both well-regulated and well placed for the future.
Alan Beynon, Board Member (MD & Founder of St' David's Vets)
Alan founded the game bird division of St David’s Veterinary Group in 1994. He was an early advocate for preventative medicine, such as improving the rearing and releasing conditions of poults, rather than simply treating disease once it occurred. His wealth of knowledge of the game industry and the respect he commands from it is unrivalled.
Charles McVeigh III, Board Member
Charlie joined the BGA from the start because of his passion and deep concern for our communities future. His extensive experience in the financial world will ensure the BGA is steered in the right direction and finacially sound. He is Chairman of Citigroup’s Investment Bank-Private Bank Partnership. He was formerly a member of the Fulbright Commission and presently serves on the Boards of Countryside Alliance, EFG-Hermes, Savills plc and Petropavlovsk plc. He is also a Governor of St Mary’s School Shaftesbury and a former member of both the Development Board and Advisory Council of the Prince’s Trust. He has formerly served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce; on the Boards of the LSE, LIFFE, Witan Investment Company plc, Clearstream and was appointed by the Bank of England to serve on the City Capital Markets Committee and the Legal Risk Review Committee. Charlie is ardent supporter of the countryside and shooting in particular.
Simon Chantler, Board Member
Simon Chantler is a co-founder and Chairman of Meadow Foods, the largest independent manufacturer of added value dairy ingredients supplied to food manufacturers in the UK.
A former dairy farmer, and currently a Trustee of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Simon is passionate about all things to do with country sports, in particular shooting, in which he has been involved for all of his life.