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

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The IAAP is responsible for:

Who we are

Current panel members are:

Name Details  
Colin Agar Owner of a small farm in the Staffordshire moorlands rearing beef cattle. Previously held senior role in Department of Work and Pensions.  
Jonathan Birchall Farm business consultant and agronomist for Balfours LLP, based in Shrewsbury and Hereford. Previously 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 director of the Oxford Farming Conference and a chartered environmentalist.  
Madeleine Crawley Tenant beef, sheep and arable farmer and veterinary advisor to Soil Association Certification Limited. Formerly contract dairy farmer and mixed practice veterinary surgeon.  
Charles Daniell Rural chartered surveyor and land agent running his own business in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Alongside this, he also helps run the third generation family farm.  
Sarah Dawson Senior food industry and plant protection policy technical specialist. Member of the Assured Food Standards Fresh Produce board, the Lincolnshire Agriculture and Horticulture forum, Defra’s Fruit and Vegetable Task Force. Former NFU National Horticulture and Potato chairman.  
Jim Dixon Chief executive of the Peak District National Park. After he steps down from this role on 31 December he will be pursuing a portfolio career.  
Ian Dreelan A senior international lawyer. Assistant coroner for Birmingham and Solihull and former Army Officer with a 12-acre 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 A self-employed agricultural consultant specialising in advice on combinable crop seed and varieties. He is also a Farm Assurance assessor and a BASIS examinations chairman. For over 30 years he worked at the National Institute of Agriculture and Botany, Cambridge on the evaluation of cereal, oilseed and pulse crop varieties.  
Ciaran Gannon Freelance consultant. Formerly director in Natural England, policy adviser in the Rural Development Service and farm business adviser for ADAS. Had 10 years of experience managing farms in England and Wales.  
  Kitty Hamilton Estate manager at Willoughby Farms Ltd, and a director of Alford Crematorium Ltd.
Julia Hawley Farms with family in Leicestershire, running livestock and cereal enterprises. A former DairyCo board member, she also has 20 years ADAS and freelance farm consultancy experience.  
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 environment and farming consultant, also a smallholder. Previously worked for the Environment Agency on rural land management.  
Neil Johnson Employed by National Trust as food and farming adviser for Northwest region. Previous employments as livestock buyer, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group adviser, and BASIS-qualified agronomist.  
Alastair Johnston Farm management consultant for Smiths Gore, former agriculture manager for Lantra and NFU livestock adviser.  
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 Senior land agent at Dorset County Council. County farm estate manager, agricultural valuer and advisor.  
John Lee Self-employed farmer and chairman of the Devon County Agricultural Association. Past chairman of SW Sustainable Farming & Food Strategy, member of European Commission CAP Advisory Committee and high sheriff of Devon in 2013/14.  
David Lodder Advisor to farming businesses. Partner and head of the agriculture department of Lodders Solicitors LLP. Board member of the Country Land and Business Association. Owner of 100-acre grass farm.  
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 Northumberland farmer running owner occupied and part-tenanted mixed livestock and arable farm. Past NFU county chairman and county national livestock delegate.  
Julian Morgan Runs a family 300-acre fruit and arable farm in Herefordshire. Formerly managing director of 7Y Services Ltd and is currently chairman of Herefordshire Country Land and Business Association. He is also a Justice of the Peace and a chartered accountant by profession.  
Keith Siddorn Tenant farmer in Cheshire. Member of the Agricultural Lands Tribunal, Veterinary Products Committee and Tenant Farmers Association.  
Laura Smallwood Smallholder in West Sussex. Trustee and council member of the Cranleigh and South Eastern Agricultural Society. Previously a barrister specialising in property law.  
Judith Smith Solicitor (currently non-practising). 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.  
Siobhan Stainton Runs her own farm administration business and is an active partner in the family, upland dairy and sheep farm in Cumbria.  
Janatha Stout Head of agriculture at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. Prior to this, lecturer at the Royal Agricultural College and a land agent for the Duchy of Cornwall.  
Philip Uglow Self-employed agricultural consultant. Member of the Rural Payments Agency South West External Stakeholder Group. Former NFU Group Secretary, ADAS Adviser and organic inspector.  
Jeremy Walker Tenant farmer on the Crown Estate for the last 35 years. A former NFU Chairman for Somerset and recently national chairman for the Tenant Farmers Association. A magistrate and Agricultural Lands Tribunal Member.  
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 and part-time forestry lecturer.  
Tessa Wigham Graduate in agricultural sciences, member of the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administration and a partner in a family farm. Also employed by an agricultural charity and a forestry consultancy business.  
Tim Wilson Rural practice chartered surveyor with estate management experience throughout the South West, including private practice, defence estates and the National Trust.  
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 the Development of Sustainable Agriculture. Deputy chairman of Herefordshire NFU.  

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