Departing board member queries NBA's future

THE National Beef Association (NBA) could cease to exist if it does not turn things round in the next 12 months, according to a board member who recently resigned.

Bob Schofield stepped down last week as an NBA board member and trustee, as well as chairman of the northern region.

The York farmer, who runs a suckler herd and finishing unit, said he had become disillusioned with the management of the organisation and felt he could no longer remain involved.

NBA chairman Hamish McBean hit back at the claims and said Mr Schofield had been ‘making it very difficult for us to go forward’ as an organisation.

Mr Schofield said: “I am concerned about the way in which the NBA is being run and has been for the last year or so. I’m afraid if it carries on the way it is there won’t be much left of the NBA in a year.”

The last 12 months have been tumultuous for the NBA and have seen the departure of former director Kim-Marie Haywood last October, the resignation of assistant director Joanne Pugh this summer and several changes to the board.

A board member since June 2011, Mr Schofield said the en mass resignation of the board last year was a ‘shambles’ which should have led to a complete reorganisation of NBA’s principles – an opportunity he claims was missed.

And he queried whether the proposed merger with the Scottish Beef Cattle Association (SBCA) to enable the creation of the Scottish Beef Association would ever happen.

He added: “The NBA has a set of articles which state Scotland is classed as one of its regions. If we agree to setting up the SBA we will be expelling our members, but no-one seems to understand that.”

But Mr McBean said the Scottish merger was still on track.

He said: “His [Mr Schofield] region was looking to replace him. He had great difficulty doing anything with him in place.

“We have to go forward as an organisation and I am confident I have support from the rest of the board.”

The NBA is currently in the process of recruiting a new director and is being led by interim head Alison McKnight.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The Industry cannot afford the number of organisations that it has. With a declining number of farmers, declining number able to give freely of their time, rising overheads the logic should be in this instance as it is a farmers organisation to merge into the NFU and add to its already strong and profesional beef work. It would enhance the beef sectors profile with a much stronger resource, avoid duplication and allow younger farmers a route to participate far more easily.

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