In this blog post, we continue our ‘Meat’ the Speakers series. This time, we speak to Dr. Phil Hadley, head of global supply chain development at AHDB Beef & Lamb.
Q. What made you want to get involved with the meat industry?
A. I had a part time job when I was 14 and it went from there as I became fascinated by the scope of the industry.
Q. What can you tell us about your position?
A. I head up our Global Supply Chain work which involves working with stakeholders to ensure we maximise all opportunities and secure the widest possible access approval to export our products.
Q. What advice can you give younger generations who might be interested in the meat industry?
A. It’s a very wide sector with lots of interesting roles from genetics, farming, processing through to science, academia and policy. The opportunities are endless.
Q. If you had to only eat one type of meat for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?
A. Beef is my favourite because of the flavour, texture and succulence, along with the array of dishes you can prepare from the wide range of cuts, including the new innovative ones such as flat iron or picanha. I also often enjoy a medium rare lamb rack.
Q. What is the hardest part about your job?
A. Managing expectation when it comes to export access approval – these processes are very detailed and take a long time, involving many participants from Government, industry and overseas agencies. That said, the ambition never wains.
Q. What is the best thing about working in the meat industry?
A. The range of brilliant, inspiring people I meet regularly – the industry is full of great individuals with incredible experience and stories.
Q. In three words, can you describe yourself?
A. Logical, accurate and tenacious.
Q. Why should visitors to Meatup go to your seminar?
A. To hear about the great news on our ever-expanding export opportunities.
Q. Away from work, what are your key hobbies and interests?
A. Cycling and reading.
Q. What are the key issues currently facing the meat sector?
A. Post-EU UK, currency, political climate, product quality and animal health.
Q. What made you want to get involved with Meatup?
A. It’s a great event and the wide variety of industry representatives that attend.
Next time on the blog we’ll be hearing from another one of our Meatup speakers. Make sure you keep up to date with all that is happening at this year’s event, taking place on 24th and 25th May at MK Arena, by visiting this blog. With new posts each Monday, you can ensure you’re in the know.