New Chair appointed for Lantra’s Northern Ireland National Council



Lantra has announced the appointment of Ian Marshall as Chair of its National Council in Northern Ireland. Ian will succeed Campbell Tweed OBE who is to stand down after seven years in the role.

Ian Marshall is a farmer from Markethill in Co Armagh. He is a long standing member of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), serving as the Group Chairman in the Armagh Down before taking up the role of Co Armagh Chairman. Ian has also served for many years on the UFU Executive Committee, and has been a board member for the past four years whilst also representing the UFU on the YFCU Executive Committee. He is currently a trustee on the Agri-search Board and a member of the Farm Safety Partnership. Ian is also a member of the Agri-Food Strategy Board, and has a keen interest in skills and training in agriculture. 

Ian commented: “The provision of high quality professional training is hugely important as we endeavour to grow many sectors of our industry. The role Lantra plays in delivering accredited industry training is critical to the success of many NI agri-food businesses ensuring that we have a highly trained, highly motivated, professional workforce.”

Lantra’s National Council for Northern Ireland plays a key role in Lantra’s work as it is essential to have a strong employer body that can identify the needs of sectors and influence provision of training and skills development. Council members will also promote to farmers and other rural businesses the critical importance of investment in skills, innovation, new technologies and ways of working as essential for future success.

Paula Smyth, Business Development Manager, said: “I would like to welcome Ian as our new National Council Chairman, and I am confident that he will make an important contribution to shaping the work of the group. I would also like to thank Campbell Tweed, the outgoing Chairman, for his hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to Lantra.

Marcus Potter, Lantra Chief Executive, commented: “Lantra’s strength lies in close relationships with industry that helps us to understand employer needs for skills. The Northern Ireland National Council is a crucial part of this industry-led approach”.



Ian Marshall, New Chair of NI Council



Presentation to Campbell Tweed OBE for services to Lantra (Left to right: Marcus Potter, Campbell Tweed, Paula Smyth)