CAC Board


The Cornwall Agri-food Council

The Cornwall Agri-food Council (CAC) represents the views of the agricultural, horticultural, food and land based industries in Cornwall. It is an apolitical group that meets quarterly to debate and progress relevant industry issues.

The Strategic Aim of the CAC is ‘to encourage the continuous improvement of the profitability and sustainability of agriculture, horticulture, food and the land-based sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’.

The Strategic Goals of the CAC are:

1. Supply Chain Development
2. Carbon Reduction
3. Water and Energy Security
4. Food Security (including food poverty)

The CAC provides a coordinating voice for the industry and encourages debate around critical issues and topics. It generates strategic responses and Input is also provided regarding the development of proposed European Funding Schemes.

The Cornwall Agri-food Council’s Strategy for Agriculture, Horticulture, Food and Land Based Industries in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly was completed and launched during the Summer of 2010.

If you would like any further information please contact the Cornwall Agricultural Council Development Team (CACDT).

Jonathon Jones DHE, NSch, MIHort.

Jonathon Jones, Garden and Commercial Director at Tregothnan has always been a keen gardener. A Cornishman himself, he studied Horticulture at Duchy College and gained experience locally with some passionate and knowledgeable gardeners in Cornwall, including at Probus Demonstration Garden. Then, in Edinburgh, he studied Botanical Horticulture. Upon graduation in 1993, he was awarded a Ken Thomas scholarship to Japan, later extended to employment in authentic Japanese landscapes and horticultural production. At the age of 25 he was appointed Head Gardener at Tregothnan where the range of responsibilities includes 100 acres of private garden.

Along with the CAC, he serves on a number of boards in the UK including Plimsoll Publishing, the world leader in business intelligence.  In 2008 Jonathon was awarded the Goodman Cup for ‘outstanding contribution to Cornish Horticulture’.

Martin Stanbury

Martin is a board member of the Cornwall Agri-food Council and a farmer from North Cornwall.

Phil Ugalde

Phil Ugalde, a true Cornishman, is MD of the Proper Cornish Food Company, which also owns Furniss – the Cornish biscuit company – employing 220 staff across the two businesses.  Phil has been in the food manufacturing industry for twenty years, and has a real passion for Cornwall and the food it produces.  Phil grew up on a farm near Liskeard and is a qualified agricultural engineer and spent his life in the motor trade until 1987.

Phil was Chairman of the Cornwall Pasty Association, and was a key driver in obtaining PGI status for the Cornish pasty.

Phil was also Chairman of the Cornwall Food and Drink Group which has now merged with CAC with a view to building partnership with local prime producers to enable market competitive local sourcing. He also sits on the Training Advisory Committee at Duchy College.

Proper Cornish is a Beacon South West Company, and Phil’s regular attendance at their events ensures he has regular networking opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas with key businesses in the south west.

Steve Parsons

Steve Parsons is a member of the Cornwall Agri-food Council Board and is also the immediate past Principal of Duchy College and Deputy Chief Executive of Cornwall College Group. He qualified in Agriculture at Harper Adams and Seale-Hayne. Steve farmed practically in his early years and then entered a career in education and training. He has always remained very close to the farming industry and has a keen business sense. Steve is totally committed to maximising the benefit of RDPE funding for Cornwall, particularly in the land based sector.

"I am proud to say that for a while I had the honour and privilege of chairing the Council - an organisation I fervently believe in".

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Peter Hardaker

Peter Hardaker has worked in Land Based Industries for all his working life and in the Agricultural Supply Sector for the last 34 years of employment, in Cornwall. 

He Chairs the RDPE Implementation Group for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; he is a Director of Cornwall College Corporation; Vice Chair of the Council of Duchy College and a Director of Kernow Grain Ltd.  Peter also serves on the Council of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association.

Peter has been committed with others to deliver a strategy for positive change and has been involved in trying to build new confidence and make a real difference to the Cornish and Isles of Scilly economy.

Andrew May - Chair

Andrew May was appointed Chair of the Cornwall Agri-food Council in January 2012 

Andrew farms on the Isles of Scilly where he is also Chairman and joint Managing Director of Mainland Marketing Ltd, the islands’ cut flower marketing and distribution company, as well as Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. He sits on the Isles of Scilly AONB joint advisory committee.

Andrew works with a number of other organisations in the rural and land based sectors including the Rural Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Partnership, which is a DEFRA Rural Farming Network, where he is the Vice Chairman.

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Catherine Mead

Catherine Mead is Owner and Director of Lynher Dairies Cheese Company.
Catherine spent 10 years in London advertising agencies: international agency Ogilvy and Mather and later, the independent creative agency Waldron, Allen Henry and Thompson, as an Account Director. Main accounts included Welsh Development Agency, Drink Drive Campaign, American express, Milk Marketing Board and British Tourist Authority.

In 1989 she moved with husband Ben to Pengreep Farm in west Cornwall to take on the running of the family Dairy farm.

Whilst Ben was involved in the restructuring of the farm Catherine worked as a marketing consultant in Devon and Cornwall on projects that included the launch of Food From Cornwall and a study on opportunities for food businesses with Devon and Cornwall Development International before joining Lynher Dairies (makers of Cornish Yarg Cheese) as the Marketing Director.

By 1999 the original cheese processing unit was taken to its capacity and in 2000 a new production unit was built at Pengreep. In 2006 all the production was moved to the Pengreep Farm unit.

Lynher Dairies Cheese Company is now one of the largest national producers of Speciality Cheese producing 200 tonnes per annum, supplying specialist wholesalers and the multiples nationally and internationally.

Aside from the running of LDCC commitments include:

  • Board member of the Cornwall Agri Food Council – membership organisation representing agriculture and land based sector in Cornwall
  • Vice Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Regional Implementation Group (strategic body associated with the Rural development Programme for England)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Board Member of the Specialist Cheese Makers Association

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Andrew Williams

Andrew owns, runs and manages a multi-faceted Estate predominantly at Lanhydrock.

Currently Cornwall Chairman of The Country Land And Buisness Association; Trustee of The Whiteley Wildlife Trust which owns Newquay Zoo; Board Member of the Rural Cornwall And Isles of Scilly Partnership and Board Member of Better Bodmin.