About us

The Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel (IAAP) considers appeals against decisions of the Rural Payments Agency.

Our responsibilities

The IAAP is responsible for:

Who we are

Current panel members are:

Name Details
Colin Agar Runs a small farm in the Staffordshire Moorlands rearing pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle. He is a Derbyshire magistrate and a member of the Staffordshire Police Misconduct Panel. He previously held a number of senior Civil Service positions.
Jonathan Birchall Farm business consultant and agronomist for Balfours LLP, based in Shrewsbury and Hereford. Previously a farm manager on the Kings Walden Estate in Hertfordshire, a large diversified farming business.
Andrew Brown A mixed farmer both tenanted and owner occupied. A former NFU regional chairman, a former director of the Oxford Farming Conference, former High Sheriff of Rutland, a chartered environmentalist and magistrate.
Madeleine Crawley Tenant beef, sheep and arable farmer. Formerly a veterinary advisor to Soil Association Certification Limited, contract dairy farmer and mixed practice veterinary surgeon.
Charles Daniell Rural chartered surveyor and farmer’s son running his own land agency business covering Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.
Sarah Dawson Independent leading agri-food technical and food policy specialist. Member of the Assured Food Standards Fresh Produce Technical Advisory Committee, the Lincolnshire Forum for Agriculture and Horticulture, and Defra’s Fruit and Vegetable Task Force. Managing director for Food Chain Partnerships Ltd. Former NFU National Horticulture and Potato chairman.
Jim Dixon Former chief executive of the Peak District National Park, now pursuing a portfolio career.
Ian Dreelan Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull. Senior lawyer and management consultant. Former army officer with a smallholding in Wiltshire.
Sarah Easton An active partner in a family farm. She was formerly the finance director of English Mustard Growers Ltd and is a chartered accountant who has worked in practice and the media industry.
Richard Fenwick An agricultural botanist whose career was spent at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Cambridge, working on the evaluation of cereal, oilseed and pulse crop varieties. Now semi-retired, he is a Red Tractor farm assurance assessor and a BASIS examinations chairman.
Ciaran Gannon Freelance consultant. Formerly a director in Natural England, policy adviser in the Rural Development Service and farm business adviser for ADAS. Has 10 years of experience managing farms in England and Wales.
Kitty Hamilton Estate manager at Willoughby Farms Ltd - a large, family, farming estate in Lincolnshire, and a director of Alford Crematorium Ltd and Well Vale Ltd. Holds an MSc in Biological Recording, with a research focus on farmland birds.
Cicely Hunt Company director and rural practice chartered surveyor specialising in agricultural grants advice to large UK conservation organisations and other land management and farming clients.
Jane James Independent consultant on farming and the environment. Previously worked for the Environment Agency on rural land management and also worked on commercial, family, pig farm.
Neil Johnson Employed by the National Trust as food and farming adviser for the North West region. Previous employments as livestock buyer, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group adviser, and BASIS-qualified agronomist.
Alastair Johnston Agricultural business consultant for Promar International and a sheep farmer based in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Previously employed as a consultant with Savills and Smiths Gore, as an agricultural adviser to Lantra and a livestock adviser for the NFU.
Scott Kirby Farm manager at Harper Adams University. Previously worked as a farm business management consultant at SAC and in a range of farm management roles.
Benjamin Lancaster County Farm Estate manager for Dorset County Council, agricultural valuer and advisor.
John Lee Self-employed farmer and chairman of the Devon County Agricultural Association board. Past chairman of SW Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy, member of European Commission CAP Advisory Committee and High Sheriff of Devon in 2013 to 2014.
David Lodder Advisor to farming businesses. Consultant partner Lodders Solicitors LLP. Owner of 100-acre grass farm. Trustee and treasurer of The Farming Community Network.
Christine Malseed Farmer on Dartmoor for the last 30 years with her husband on a tenanted hill farm. She also runs her own rural business advisory service and is chairman of the local NFU group.
Gordon Meek OBE Northumberland farmer running owner occupied and part-tenanted mixed livestock and arable farm. Past NFU county chairman and county national livestock delegate.
Keith Siddorn Tenant farmer in Cheshire. Member of the Agricultural Lands Tribunal and the Tenant Farmers Association.
Laura Smallwood Smallholder in West Sussex. Trustee and vice chairman of the Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society. Assistant Commissioner for the Boundary Commission for England in the 2018 Review of Parliamentary constituencies. Previously a barrister specialising in property law.
Judith Smith Retired solicitor. Previously a partner for 22 years in a rural legal practice in Northumberland. Now involved in the management and running of the family farming business.
Janatha Stout Has a consultancy business providing advice on rural business matters. Prior to this she was Director of Agriculture at a college in Gloucestershire. She has also worked as a land agent for private clients for national firms.
Jeremy Walker First generation tenant farmer on the Taunton Crown Estate for the last 38 years. A former NFU chairman for Somerset and more recently national chairman of the Tenant Farmers Association. A retired magistrate and Agricultural Lands Tribunal member. Chairman of local parish council for more than 20 years.
Gareth Wall Rural practice chartered surveyor, agricultural valuer and consultant practising within Herefordshire and the West Midlands. Gareth grew up on his family’s beef, sheep and arable farm and he remains actively involved within the agricultural industry.
Judith Webb MBE Former farm conservation adviser, Rural Development Service chair, forestry commissioner and Joint Nature Conservation Committee Deputy Chair. Currently a lay member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Disciplinary Committe and part-time forestry lecturer.
Tessa Wigham Graduate in Agricultural Sciences, member of the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators and a partner in a family farm. Also employed by an agricultural charity and a forestry consultancy business.
Martin Winter Solicitor with 20 years’ experience working in regulatory matters with particular interest in assisting businesses and individuals in the agricultural sector by helping them negotiate their way through the regulations and rules that apply to their activities.
Patrick Wrixon Farmer on a mixed holding in Herefordshire. Board member of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). President of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture. Deputy chairman of Herefordshire NFU.