The Management Board is made up of senior level executives from our Member companies and the chairmen from each of the Sector Groups.
The Management Board is responsible for the governance of the BPC and makes strategic and policy decisions on matters of common concern.
Primary Breeders Sector Group
The Primary Breeders Group represents poultry genetics companies that select the particular attributes desired in the breeding programmes.
The members of the group deliver day old broiler chick, duck and turkey grandparent and parent stock to the British poultry industry. Sophisticated selection criteria for a wide range of different traits for health and welfare, disease resistance and production achieve balances breeding programmes providing robust birds for both parent flocks and for the birds reared for meat.
Chicken Sector Group
The Chicken Sector Group represents integrated chicken companies whose activities span the food chain, from parent flocks through to processing.
The sector is one of the most successful British food industries continuously increasing output each year, without the production subsidies from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy which have cushioned changes in other farming sectors.
The Hatcheries Committee is a dedicated group formed from the hatching arm of Britain’s integrated chicken sector.
The Sector deals with the very technical and precise detail; this area is key to the type of bird which will go on to be reared as a meat chicken.
The Growers Committee focuses on the agricultural and technical aspects of our chicken producing Member Companies.
Along with representatives from chicken primary breeding companies and associated feed and nutrition suppliers. The group is a forum for best practice and advises the Council on technical matters relating to chicken farming.
Turkey Sector Group
The Turkey Sector Group represents integrated turkey farming and processing companies.
The British farming and processing companies which manage all stages of production from the parent stock, through hatching and growing of commercial meat birds, to the processing of finished products. This structure guarantees the traceability of products from ‘the plate’ back to the breeding stock of the turkey concerned.
Quality British Turkey Technical Advisory Committee
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) oversees the standards in the Quality British Turkey assurance scheme.
It comprises member companies’ technical, farming and production specialists and independent welfare, veterinary and research representatives. The forum’s focus is best practice and advises the Council on any issues affecting turkey farming.
Research & Development Committee
The R&D Committee focuses on the technical and research aspects of turkey production, it includes company technical experts and representation from turkey primary breeding companies and associated feed and nutrition suppliers.
The forum is for scientific debate and advises the BPC on research in respect of issues concerning turkey health and welfare. It works with animal research institutes and also sponsors a number of dedicated PhD scholarships.
Publicity & Marketing Committee
BPC turkey producers work together to actively promote turkey grown in Britain to the Quality British Turkey standards.
The Committee oversees the growth of Quality British Turkey as a brand.
Duck Sector Group
The Duck Sector Group represents duck farmers and integrated duck producers and processors, responsible for 90% of British duck sales.
It is the most comprehensive body representing duck in the country. Duck accounts for some 5% of the primary meat market.
Duck Assurance Scheme Technical Advisory Committee
The Group’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) oversees the Duck Assurance Scheme and the accompanying Quality Assured British Duck mark.
It comprises member companies’ technical and farming directorsand includes independent specialized poultry veteranerians and other advisors.
Goose Sector Group
The Goose Group is the leading association for goose farmers in the UK and Northern Ireland, representing those involved in breeding, hatching and rearing geese.
The group seeks to promote and develop co-operation within the goose industry, particularly the sharing of knowledge between members.
BPC goose farmers promote their geese as a traditional product, slow grown in free range systems. Two voluntary industry levies, one for hatchers and breeders, the other for growers, supports the group’s activities.
The Group organises an annual ‘Goose Farm Walk’ where members and stakeholders meet to discuss the key issues and see the latest production techniques.
The Processing Committee oversees the technical aspects of the industry from the point birds arrive at the slaughterhouse.
From good food hygiene practice to meat inspection the committee influences Government and stakeholders on relevant legislation.
Health and Safety Committee
The Health & Safety Committee is a multi-interest group including some of our key stakeholders alongside BPC Member Companies.
Its aim is to examine ways in which the overall safety record of the industry – agriculture and production – can be improved. It is currently looking at how behavioural influences can help cut incidents.
Agriculture Environment Committee
The Agriculture environment committee deals with the implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation in particular the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) and Climate Change Agreement (CCA) which require an industry position to take forward with government.
It includes representatives of other agriculture stakeholder groups covered by the legislation.
Human Resources Committee
The Human Resources Committee takes an overview of employment legislation and ensures that it is applied consistently across the poultry industry.
It is also running the BPC Education and Training Strategy that aims to recruit, train, develop, and retain skills in the sector.