Become a Panel member

Become a Panel member

Help steer the industry as an AHDB Horticulture panel member

Click below to apply to become an AHDB Horticulture Panel member






Current Vacancies

There is one vacancy on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • Bulb Onions
There are two vacancies on the panel for a members with a good knowledge of:
  • Heathers 
  • Herbaceous perennials, alpines and grasses
There is one vacancy on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • Organics
There are three vacancies on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
  • Bulbs
  • Protected cut flowers
  • Bedding plants (pack and pot grown)
There are two vacancies on the panel for members with a good knowledge of:
    • Tree fruit production – South East
    • Culinary Apples


    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


    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.  


    This application window closes on 31 October 2018.