Women in Dairy Conference Speakers

Speaker Profiles

Jane King - Chief Executive, Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board

Jane is a former Editor and Editorial Director of the Farmers Weekly Group and during her time at Farmers Weekly, Jane oversaw a complete repositioning of the title, revitalising its products, developing new services and overseeing organisational change. As a senior executive at Reed Business Information (RBI) for over 30 years, Jane also had significant experience providing information and services to a range of industries as diverse as retail, health, social care, employment law and hospitality.

She joined the AHDB in February 2015 as CEO and has been involved in conducting a review of the organisation with a view to driving growth, improved competitiveness and sustainability for the industry.   

Oliver McEntyre - National Agricultural Strategy Director, Barclays

Oliver grew up on a family farm in Lancashire, after 3 years at Myerscough College he spent 10 years managing pig units throughout the north west, then spent 6 years as an independent Farm Business Advisor.

In 2006 he joined Barclays as Senior Agricultural Manager for Cumbria and Scotland before being appointed National Agricultural Specialist in 2012. In his current role as Barclays’ National Agricultural Strategy Director, Oliver oversees Barclays’ agricultural strategy and positioning from an industry perspective.

Amanda Ball - Strategy Director, Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board

Amanda was appointed as Strategy Director for AHDB Dairy in October 2015.  Her previous role was Head of Marketing and Communications for AHDB Dairy, she first joined the organisation in 2006.

Amanda is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and holds Chartered status.  Amanda is also involved with the CIM Food Drink and Agriculture Sector Interest Group.

Prior to AHDB Dairy, Amanda worked in the Agricultural Supply Trade for 15 years, working for Cargill Plc.  It was during this time that she was elected the first female president of Bristol Corn and Feed Trade Association, the first, and still the only women to hold the office in the association’s 120-year history.

Judith Capper - Livestock Sustainability Officer

Jude L. Capper, Ph.D. is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, she undertook her BSc (Agriculture with Animal Science) and PhD (Ruminant Nutrition and Behaviour) at Harper Adams, followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University (USA) and a faculty position at Washington State University (USA).

Jude's research focuses on modelling the environmental impact of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef, including the effect of specific management practices and technology use. Her professional goal is to communicate the importance of factors affecting livestock industry sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of food production stakeholders from the rancher and farmer through to the retailer, policy-maker and consumer. She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to resource use and the environmental impact of livestock production.

Heather Wildman - Founder and Director, Saviour Associates

A Cumbrian Girl born and bred Heather was brought up on family sheep and beef hill farm in the Lake District and has been living and working in Scotland for over 15 years.  Her businesses have been built using her entrepreneurial skills to create a lasting impression.

Offering a glass half full approach with an ability to keep up with industry changes and challenges Heather provides a comprehensive network of industry contacts, from political to grass roots level.  She helps both individuals and businesses collaborate with others to achieve stronger, more lasting impressions and results.  Being highly motivated, passionate and a straight talker, she is not afraid of tackling difficult and sensitive issues and situations.  With over 20 year's experience of working with both farmers and industry in Scotland and the UK Heather also has an International network having worked around the world, developing her career and as part of her Nuffield Farming Scholarship travels in 2012 where she studied “Communication – influencing and motivating change”.

Lyndsay Chapman - Director: Agriculture, Muller Milk and Ingredients

Lyndsay has worked in the dairy sector for over 25 years, a period of massive change across all parts of the industry.  She is an enthusiastic ambassador for all things dairy - farming, the countryside, rural communities and of course great milk and dairy products. 

Starting on the graduate programme with the Milk Marketing Board, Lyndsay has worked in a variety of roles with different dairy businesses.  Her key areas of responsibility have included milk procurement, pricing models, communications and business development.  After working for farmer coops, she joined Dairy Crest in 2001.  During her time here she    was responsible for establishing and maintaining supply chain relationships, working closely with many farmer groups and customers.

At the start of 2016 she transferred to a new role in Müller Milk & Ingredients.  Lyndsay is now the Agriculture Director, with responsibility for direct milk supply from 1,900 farms and positively representing farming within the business.  

Lyndsay lives in Berkshire and is married with two sports-loving children.