Clarke Black – Chairman
Clarke retired as Chief Executive of the Ulster Farmers Union in 2015 after 13 years’ service, leading the organisation through some of the most challenging times in modern agriculture.
Clarke was subsequently appointed a Director of Countryside Services Limited – the commercial arm of the Ulster Farmers’ Union. He was a Director of Food NI, the food industry promotion body, and of the Rural Development Council, and was previously a member of an Independent Food Advisory Panel set up to advise Government on food policy.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies. He was previously employed by Northern Bank Ltd as a Regional Agribusiness Manager, which laterally entailed a secondment to National Irish Bank, Dublin, where he established the Bank’s Agribusiness segment in Ireland. Clarke is also a Director of Mutual Energy Limited since 2011.
Clarke was appointed as non- executive Chairman of Scawfell Genetics Ltd recently providing sound advice and support to the management team. Clarke is a cattle breeder himself and has a broad understanding of the challenges facing the red meat industry gained through 40 years of service to the UK agriculture sector.