The last fifty years have seen dramatic change across the UK’s animal health sector, which is worth in excess of £625 million per annum and employs thousands of highly skilled workers - both directly and indirectly. In the 1980s, commercial livestock consumed up to 70% of all animal medicine produced for the UK animal health industry. Today, improved vaccination programmes and an increase in welfare standards, mean food-producing animals now make up just 39% of the market, with the remainder dominated by domestic animals and pets (around 58%).
As the balance in the animal health and supplement space has shifted, our executive search work has extended to include every aspect of the industry from livestock genetics to pet nutrition, and all areas in between. In the livestock sector, we collaborate with companies looking to appoint top-level executives that can drive new standards in safety, traceability, innovation and sustainability, as well as performance and profitability. We’re also active in the domestic animal and pet sector – working with organisations that want to attract talented board-level professionals, who can help them capitalize on the opportunities that exist in this highly lucrative, fast-paced part of the animal health market.
If you’re looking to appoint a new person to your leadership or management team, get in touch with our animal health executive search consultant.
As Director & Head of Agribusiness, having begun his career in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sales, David worked in the agricultural industry for Dalgety plc.
Since graduating from the University of Reading, Bertie has worked across the supply chain developing strong relationships with customers and clients.
Having begun his career in FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) sales, David worked in the agricultural industry for Dalgety plc. After that he was employed by the UK’s largest farm cooperative Openfield, as Managing Director and Sales Director. During his career David has focused on driving business performance. He has introduced new remuneration systems and sales and trading structures, and has a successful track record of building and managing professional sales teams. David has also led several total business transformation projects, focusing on people, culture, behavior and most importantly customer experience management – work that resulted in a national award for customer service. At Eden Search & Select, David works internationally with a diverse range of businesses on a partnership basis to assist the rapid development of their talent pool. Combining his career experience with Eden Search & Select’s unique approach, David has developed a deep understanding of the skills and attributes required by businesses to deliver high performing executive teams.
Since graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in Agricultural Business Management Bertie has worked across the farm to fork supply chain. His knowledge and passion for agribusiness started at a young age on his grandparents North Yorkshire farm and has been honed through agricultural roles both domestically and in New Zealand. Working with a number of large businesses within the sector he has developed strong relationships with customers and clients.