RL Board Members

Mike May
Independent Chairman
Mike May

Dr Vicky Foster
BBRO

Prof Mark Stevens
BBRO

Dr Simon Bowen
BBRO

Stephen Aldis
BBRO

Industry members


Samantha Brooke
BSPB Observer

Colin Peters
NIAB

Andrew Dear
British Sugar

Simon Smith
NFU Sugar

Sam Godfrey
NFU Sugar

 

The day to day management of trials is carried by the contractors who have successfully tendered for the various work packages.  Each contractor is represented on the Trials Technical Group (TTG), which reports to the Board.  The TTG is responsible for ensuring that the procedures are reviewed each year and that any changes endorsed by the Board.

APHA are responsible for the National Listing of new varieties. This is a legal requirement for all main crops and ensures that a variety is genuinely new and an improvement. New varieties must be distinct, uniform and stable (DUS) and, for agricultural crops, provide satisfactory value for cultivation and use (VCU). 

The Crop Committee meet once a year to consider new candidate varieties for elevation to the RL / DL and to determine whether any existing candidates should be considered for removal.  The Crop Committee works to a strict set of procedures and guidelines.  Breeders have the opportunity to appeal decisions that they feel were made without following such procedures and guidelines.  The Appeal Committee considers such applications.

The Crop Committee meet in December and consist of members of the RL Board plus other independent farmers and industry experts and a BSPB observer.  The Crop Committee is chaired by the independent chairman of the RL Board. The Appeal Committee, if required, is separate from the Crop Committee but its members are well-versed in the rules and operations of the Crop Committee.

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