KEY PERSONNEL

The Team

 

 

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.

 

Simon Brookes, Export Sales Manager

Simon has worked for 25 years in various roles in the food and drink industry both in the UK and globally. Heinz, Red Bull and most recently promoting Great British meat as part of the Red Tractor scheme. He brings a wealth of commercial skills to the BGA. Outside of work he enjoys sailing and all water sports and his classic camper van.

 

Leon Davies, National Sales Manager

Leon Davies’s 18 years of experience in the hospitality and catering industry have been spent gathering a wealth of knowledge working with Michelin starred chefs in some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the world. An increasingly important focus has been the ‘field to fork’ concept undertaking sales roles supplying specialist produce to high end event venues nationwide.
Leon’s passion for country pursuits means he is perfectly paired with the BGA to bring game to the wider audience in a sustainable manner.

 

 

Louisa North, Executive Assistant and Office Manager

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 be part of a cause she believes so strongly in.

 
 

 

Amy Lowe, Head of Marketing

Amy Lowe first entered the world of shooting 15 years ago while completing her degree in Business Management and Marketing. Since then she has worked in both premium brand and levy board marketing management roles around the globe, most recently at Bettws Hall. She brings with her a thorough understanding of the industry and a passion and commitment to help raise the awareness of game meat to a wider audience.

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The Board

 

 

 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.

 

Richard Blackburn, Hon. Treasurer

Richard spent 28 years in the investment banking industry working at various firms including James Capel/HSBC, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup and Barclays. Based in London, Asia and New York he worked in a variety of Corporate
Finance, Capital Markets, COO and Governance roles. Prior to that he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.

 

Richard Britten-Long

Born in Kenya in 1953 on his family’s ranch now Lake Nakuru National Park, Richard is a life long game conservationist. Now almost fully retired as a property financier he lives in Worcestershire. He was Chairman of Cirencester Park Polo Club, now a vice president. He is a Steward, (Director) of the Hurlingham Polo Association and chair’s that body’s International Committee. He is a director of The Brooke Hospital for Animals (Brooke) and charity having a £20million annual income that focuses on improving the welfare of working equines and those that depend on them in 19 countries worldwide. He is a director of Brooke East Africa and sits on the finance committee of the Organisation.

He has been fortunate to have been hunting or shooting all his life and has shot over some of the great estates of England and Scotland and other countries abroad. He is a keen small bore shot using 28bores and 410s. He created his own private family shoot on his farm in Worcestershire. He joined The BGA earlier this year and The Board in October 2018.