Become a Panel member

Become a Panel member

Are you knowledgeable and passionate about the success of UK horticulture?

Then get involved with your AHDB Horticulture Panel: your chance to engage and shape the future direction of our industry.

Click below to apply to become an AHDB Horticulture Panel member






Current Vacancies

There are three vacancies on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • Field-grown leafy salads
  • Speciality vegetable crops (eg sweetcorn/cucurbits/asparagus/radish)
  • Vegetable propagation
There are three vacancies on the panel for a members with a good knowledge of:
  • Clematis and climbers
  • Hardy ferns 
  • Heathers
There are five vacancies on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • Lettuce and celery
  • Peppers, cucumbers and aubergines 
  • Propagation
  • Tomatoes (two vacancies)
There are three vacancies on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • Bedding plants (pack and pot-grown) (three vacancies)
There are no current vacancies on the panel but we would be delighted to hear from growers interested in joining in the future
There are four vacancies on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • General soft fruit production (two vacancies)
  • Pick-your-own growing or of soft fruit propagation
  • Soft fruit production – West Midlands


Each year we seek horticultural growers or their technical staff to become members of our Panels which help AHDB Horticulture channel levy funds into research and development and knowledge transfer activities that are relevant and fully supported by growers. In order to attend to the breadth of horticulture's crops we manage six Panels in the following crop sectors:



The input of the industry is essential to these Panels, which:

  • Represent industry views and the interests of all growers
  • Advise on current crop sector challenges and assess their respective priority for funding
  • Assess project proposals for scientific merit, value for money and probability of success
  • Monitor the progress of on-going activities and the success of completed work
  • Make recommendations for project funding and provide a rapid response to urgent industry needs
  • Review and recommend communications activities to ensure the benefits of R&D and knowledge transfer are delivered effectively to the industry


Only with the support of enthusiastic industry professionals willing to share their expertise can AHDB Horticulture’s Panels genuinely meet the needs of the industry.

In return panel members can expect:

  • Presentations from leading researchers on topics likely to become important to their sector in the future
  • To share challenges with like-minded fellows in the industry
  • To be among the first to learn about the latest research results












Read more on the experience of current and past Panel members



How do I get involved?

Each of our Panels is made up of elected members (growers or technical staff within larger businesses) who directly represent the interests of Horticulture, together with scientific advisors who underpin the quality of project proposals brought to the Panels for funding.

To be eligible for election, candidates must belong to a horticultural levy paying business (either as the levy paying owner or an employee). To view the full eligibility criteria, and learn more about the operations and code of conduct for panel members - view our panel policy

Elected panel members will sit on the panel for a 3 year period starting on 1 January following election the previous Autumn.  During their term of office, members must remain a levy payer (or a payroll employee of a levy payer).  Members may stand for a maximum of two consecutive 3 year terms (6 years in total). 

Certain positions become available for new applicants each year.  

The election process for terms starting in 2016 has now completed. The next call for panel members is scheduled for Autumn 2016


If you have missed this application window, you can register to be notified of future available positions