National Beef Association
For everyone with an interest in the British beef industry

NBA Board Members

Chair of the National Beef Association
David Thomlinson

David is a director and senior auctioneer at Harrison and Hetherington who was elected to the NBA board of trustees in 2012. He is also the chair of the NBA Policy Committee and the Northern Region.  He has been a member of the NBA since its inception. David was awarded the prestigious 2011 Blamire Award and has helped shape NBA over a number of years, particularly in the regeneration of its Northern sector.

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Vice-Chairman NBA
John Vanstone

John has been a member of the NBA for numerous years and a member of the Board for three years.  John is a first generation farmer who began in 1977 with 12 ewes and has since expanded to an all organic, 350 acre farm. He is currently changing his suckler herd to Stabiliser’s and has signed up to become a multiplier. He also owns a flock of Lleyn and Lleyn Cross sheep.

Vice-Chairman NBA - N Ireland NBA Board representative
Stephen Heenan

Stephen has been farming since he was a child on his 200 acre family farm, Park View Farm, near Clough in Downpatrick. He has been actively involved in the NBA for six years, while holding his membership for over 10 years. He owns a herd of pedigree herd of Charolais cattle alongside a herd of Limousin cross cattle.

Technical/Education NBA Board representative
Simon Marsh

Simon comes from a north-east Lancashire  farming family. In his current post at Harper Adams University he has responsibility for all beef production teaching as well as research on the Universities bull beef unit and suckler Beef Focus Farms. Simon is also one of the judges for Beef Farmer of the Year for The Farmers Weekly.

Breed Society NBA Board representative
Caroline Poultney

Caroline is Secretary for the South Devon Breed Society and was elected to the NBA board in 2013.  She is also chair of the NBA's Pedigree Breeders Committee and is very well respected within the industry.

NBA Treasurer
William Walton

William, a member of the NBA, is the third generation of the Walton Family to have farmed Penpeugh Farm at Bardon Mill near Hexham in Northumberland. William’s role will be to represent the North East region for the NBA, and as a board member he will be a voice for the industry and contribute to the board and their decision making.

TB Committee Chairman & SW regional Chairman
Bill Harper

Bill Harper is founder and Non-Executive Director of Harpers Feeds, makers of high quality livestock feeds.  He has been a member of the NBA for many years and spends his time developing and showing his herd of pedigree South Devons and Black Limousins, in addition to managing 100 ewes.  He is also on the board for the Cornwall Grasslands Society.

SBA NBA Board representative
Scott Henderson

Scott  a member of the NBA for a number of years, has built up the family farm with his brother and they now run a herd of 450 beef cows and a 450 ewe flock with the help of their two sons.  Their main enterprise, however, is finishing around 1800 cattle annually.  Scott has been a Member of the QMS Cattle and Sheep Standards Committee and has served as Chair of the Scottish Beef Association.

Chris Mallon
Chief Executive of the National Beef Association
Chris Mallon

Born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, Chris has a master’s degree in Animal Production from Aberdeen University.  He now lives in Edinburgh. Chris has been Chief Executive of the NBA since 2012 and has taken a major role in the restructuring of the organisation.

Tel: 0757 900 9648