Howard Cross

Howard worked in the UK pig production
industry for 10 years after leaving the
University of Nottingham in 1980. He
then followed a career in accountancy
and business consultancy, and was
appointed by Yorkshire Farmers in
March 1994 firstly as Finance Director
and then Managing Director in 1996.

Robert Smith

Robert is from a farming family
background, and attended Bishop
Burton College before joining Dalgety
Livestock where he stayed for 13 years
before joining Yorkshire Farmers in April
2000. Robert has a wealth of
experience in both practical farming and
livestock marketing issues. Robert
specialises in weaner and slaughter pig
marketing within the business. He was
appointed Commercial Director in 2008.

Chris Barlow

Chris attended Caythorpe College of
Agriculture and joined PIC shortly after
where he held various positions within
owned-farm production, contract
production, sales and logistics and AI
management. He has considerable
experience within the field of pig
production genetics, and was
responsible for the development of the
"one stop shop" approach adopted by
Yorkshire Farmers, which is a vital link
in the production chain from farm to
processor. Chris was appointed
Commercial Director in 2009.

Graham Cross

Graham moved to Yorkshire some 15
years ago from his native Norfolk and
has worked in the livestock industry for
many years, gaining considerable
experience in the liveweight and
deadweight marketing of pigs cattle and
sheep. Graham joined Yorkshire
Farmers as a Business Manager in June
2001 and was involved in the
development of the cattle and sheep
marketing program as well as assisting
in the marketing of slaughter pigs.

Lizzie Jennings

Lizzie Jennings (BSc Hons Agricultural
Resource Management) is our Technical
Support Manager and has experience in the sheep, pig,
beef, dairy and arable sectors.
Lizzie started working for Yorkshire
Farmers in January 2014 and, since
then, has been building up a new arm to
the business supporting farmers with
environmental permit applications and
assurance scheme paperwork. She also
arranges producer meetings and
training days.

Before starting to work for Yorkshire
Farmers, Lizzie worked in the Farm
Office at Bishop Burton College and has
worked for over 8 years as a contract
shepherd for a number of businesses.

Peter Batty

Peter Batty, of R J Wilson and Son, is the Chairman of the Yorkshire Farmers board of directors. He runs both pig and arable enterprises at Darrington near Pontefract.

List of directors

Peter Batty Chairman

Howard Cross Managing Director

Chris Barlow Commercial Director

Robert Smith Commercial Director

Catherine Thompson Farmer Director

Don Sanderson Farmer Director

Henry Cressey Farmer Director

Paul King Farmer Director

Paul Haywood Farmer Director

Tim Bradshaw Farmer Director