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John Elliot Appointed as Chairman

Date Added: 01/07/2013

John Elliot Appointed as New Chairman

United Oilseeds Producers has appointed John Elliot as its new Chairman.

Mr Elliot, who has been a Board Director with United Oilseeds for 11 years, takes over the role of Chairman following the recent retirement of Giles Rowsell, who had previously held the post for 16 years.

A qualified accountant, Mr Elliot has farmed in Oxfordshire for over 30 years where he runs a farm and estate management business. The appointment maintains a strong family link with United Oilseeds, as Mr Elliot's father, Kerr Elliot, was one of the Devizes-based co-operative's original founders. John Elliot is also a director of Countrywide Farmers plc and NFU Mutual.

"I am delighted to be taking over as Chairman of a company that has become the market leader within the oilseed rape seed and crop marketing sectors and experienced enormous growth and success under Giles Rowsell's chairmanship," said Mr Elliot.

"I am very much looking forward to helping United Oilseeds continue this growth and business development to the benefit of all its farmer members and employees," he continued.

There are two further additions to the United Oilseeds Board, with the appointments of Dick Hall from Hampshire and Tim Westgarth from Yorkshire as directors. Both are highly experienced and successful farmers.

United Oilseeds Producers recently announced a record distribution of trading surpluses to its members of £345,000. This means that over the last seven years, United Oilseeds will have paid back a total of £2.2m to members. Membership of the co-operative costs £15 for life.


Issue Date: 1 July 2013

Notes to editors:
United Oilseeds is a farmer-owned co-operative with 3,500 members
United Oilseeds is the UK's only specialised oilseed rape marketing company.
Farmers can join United Oilseeds as lifetime members for a one-off fee of £15.

For further media information, please contact:

Edward Meadows
United Oilseeds Ltd
Tel: 01380 729200


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