The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has announced the appointment of Christopher Price as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will take over the leadership of RBST at a key point in its history. 

 

Christopher assumes his new role early February 2019 and joins RBST from CLA where he has been Director of Policy and Advice. With a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the key issues affecting the countryside and agriculture, he brings to the role a clear understanding of the challenges and issues facing livestock farming. Christopher has been instrumental in redefining the CLA’s key messages in order to meet the opportunities facing UK agriculture. His name appeared in the list of the Farmers Weekly’s 20 key farming influencers for 2018. 

RBST President Jimmy Doherty said: “I am delighted to announce Christopher’s appointment – this is a crucial appointment at a crucial time for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Christopher will be leading the Trust to make it fit to face the challenges of farming and conservation in the 21st century and we look forward to working with him”.

 

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust was formed in 1973 to arrest the loss of the UK’s native breeds of livestock. 1973 was also the date of a major change in agriculture, with the advent of the Common Agricultural Policy which has not served our native breeds well. The new Agriculture Bill and the new agricultural environment provide an opportunity to change that, and Christopher’s skills and experience will be instrumental in ensuring the UK’s native breeds thrive and contribute to farming and the environment.

RBST Chairman of Trustees, Gail Sprake, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Christopher Price as the next CEO of RBST. We have undertaken a rigorous process to make this appointment which is of vital importance as we develop the next phase in the life of RBST. As a longstanding advocate for rural interests, and a longstanding member of RBST, Christopher has a strong track record of successful partnership building with stakeholders within the farming, countryside and environment sectors.

Phil Stocker, CEO of the National Sheep Association (NSA) added: “On behalf of the NSA I’d very much like to welcome Christopher into his new role and we look forward to building further on the work our two organisations do together to strengthen the part that our native sheep breeds play in our industry and to protect some of our most endangered genetics.  With the future of food, farming and agriculture being at such a crossroads there couldn’t be a more important time for someone with Christopher’s experience to take the reins at the RBST’”.

We look forward to welcoming Christopher to the RBST team next year!