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National Milk Records plc Directors

Trevor Lloyd - Independent Non-Executive Director

Trevor Lloyd is a partner in a dairy farming business, currently milking 380 cows in North Wales. He also has over 10 years experience as a non-executive director on various dairy industry boards. He was appointed by the Minister for Farming to serve on the Milk Development Council from 2003-2007 and then Dairy Co. from 2006-2009. Trevor was also Chairman of MDCel, an independent national organisation responsible for genetic evaluations and publication of all genetic information from the UK national dairy herd. He also has extensive experience of agricultural politics having served for 15 years in various industry organisations including the National NFU Dairy Board, Welsh NFU Dairy Board and the NFU Welsh Council. Trevor is currently a regional director of the NFU Mutual Insurance Society Ltd. 

Nick Kirby - Executive Director

Until 2007, Nick owned a dairy farm in the UK, milking 250 Holstein cows and 200 head of beef cattle, he also became a partner in what is now a 1,000 cow Jersey herd in South Dakota. In 1979 he joined Semex UK as a salesman, graduating to sales manager. Some 6 years later, Nick started Inimex Genetics importing high end genetics for both breeders and A.I. centres in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, becoming mass importers during Foot & Mouth for a short period of time. Inimex also moved into the import and wholesale of Holstein semen into the UK and Ireland from Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, USA, Italy, France, Canada and Denmark.

In January 2000, Nick started a Joint Venture to market CRI semen in Europe into approximately 26 countries.  In 2007 he started, which sells direct to British dairy farmers rather than wholesale marketing to UK retailers. Nick was appointed an Executive Director of NMR in November 2014.

Ben Bartlett - Executive Director

Born on a family farm in Dorset, Ben has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Reading and a Diploma in Management Studies from De Montfort University.  Ben started his career as an Economist for the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (now DEFRA) before working for the Meat and Livestock Commission as an Industry Strategy Consultant.  Ben joined NMR in 1997 and is a director of National Milk Laboratories and also a director of Independent Milk Laboratories (an NMR Group joint venture company in Ireland).

Andy Warne - Managing Director 

Andy Warne is the Managing Director of National Milk Records. He joined NMR as the Managing Director in 2002 and at the same time joined the Milk Pension Fund acting as a Trustee. He acted as the Chairman of the Milk Pension Fund between 2009 and 2013. Andy’s previous managerial roles include being the European Managing Director of TNT Container Logistics and the Managing Director of Arca Systems UK. Andy graduated with a BSC in Applied Biology. Whilst at NMR Andy has managed the process by which the business has restructured to focus on its core competence in milk recording and built a new business offering based on payment testing.

Philip Kirkham - Chairman

Philip has 35 years experience as a non-executive director in the agricultural sector. He is currently a non- executive director of the Wynnstay group Plc, an AIM listed diverse agricultural and retail supply business, Meadow Quality Ltd, a multi-species livestock marketing organisation and chairman of M & R Kirkham & Sons Ltd, a dairy farming business based in the West Midlands. He has been past non-executive chairman of Avoncroft Cattle Breeders Ltd (a cattle breeding business  specialising in artificial Insemination, production and distribution) and WQC (a calf marketing organisation later merged with Meadow Quality).  

Mark Frankcom - Finance Director

Mark joined NMR as Finance Director in September 2016. He qualified as an accountant in 1993, and has experience across a broad range of industries, including FMCG, telecoms and motor trade. In 2005 Mark joined Milk Link as a Director of Finance, having senior responsibility for financial stewardship and restructuring during a time of critical changes in the UK dairy industry. More recently Mark has been co-owner and Managing Director of an award-winning micro-brewery. In 2008 Mark was admitted as a fellow of the institute of management accountants becoming FCMA.

Jonathan Davies - Executive Director

Jonathan Davies MRICS FAAV FRAgS is a Chartered Surveyor and Fellow of the Agricultural Valuers Association. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies. He has over twenty years experience in the dairy industry having formerly worked for the Milk Marketing Board, Milk Marque and Genus before joining NMR in 1997. In his spare time he manages a pedigree Hereford and Welsh Black suckler herd finishing all home bred store cattle for a specialist local butcher.

Mark Butcher - Independent Non-Executive Director

In addition to being a non-executive director of NMR,  Mark also works as a non-executive director for  East Balkan Properties plc, AssetCo plc and Coldharbour Marine Limited. He has over 20 years experience working in the City and was an executive director of GPG (UK) Holdings plc which was the UK investment arm of Guinness Peat Group plc where he managed a significant proportion of that Group's investments. As part of his investment responsibilities he acted as a pension fund trustee for Staveley Industries Retirement Benefits Scheme and the defined benefit fund operated by Nationwide Accident Repair Services plc. He now has a position as a Trustee of The Milk Pension Fund on behalf of NMR. He has wide experience in international accounting, corporate finance and banking transactions and has served on the Boards of Autologic Holdings plc, Newbury Racecourse plc and Nationwide Accident Repair Services plc. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in South Africa.


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