AGM & Sustainable Food Report Launch

18  May 2023

This event is presented by Rural Policy Group in partnership with accountancy, tax and business advisory firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson, part of Baker Tilley International. MHA has a nationwide sector team dedicated to Agriculture, Food, Farming and Rural Business.

The Talk

The Rural Policy Group Chairman, Mark Lumsdon-Taylor, launches the Sustainable Food Report and two new innitiatives aimed at structurally redefining food value and agrifood pricing. 

The Speakers


Rakesh Shaunak

Rakesh Shaunak

Partner and Group Chairman, CTA, FCA, FRSA of MHA

Rakesh is the Managing Partner and Group Chairman of MHA, as well as Chairman of the firm’s London Head Office and the Southern Region. In addition to his governance role, much of his time is devoted to business advisory work with a diverse portfolio of clients. He is head of the firm’s Financial Services and lead Partner of Baker Tilly’s global financial sector team. Rakesh also leads on the firms work in the Natural Resources arena and with Listed Companies and Public Interest Entities. Rakesh is the Reporting and Relationship Partner for two listed companies, a number of other Public Interest Entities, seven UK banks and the European arm of one of the largest banks in the world.

As a senior director of Baker Tilly International, Rakesh is proactively leading collaborative working between Baker Tilly International global offices. Rakesh is a non-executive director of a listed Real Estate Investment Trust and Chairman of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee. Until recently he was also Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Jon Geldart

Jon Geldart

Director General, The Institute of Directors

Jonathan spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International, where he was responsible for the organisation’s interest in China. He is the author of three books about China and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Jonathan is a fellow of the IoD, and prior to his appointment as director general, he was chair of IoD Yorkshire and North East region.

Martin Collinson

Martin Collinson

Policy Advisor, Greater Lincolnshire LEP

Martin is a rural and agri-food consultant who trained at Wye College. 

Although he has his own practice, Martin has a strong commitment to working in partnership with businesses, academia and business groups to develop and promote a proactive and dynamic agri-food and rural sector. Active in industry representation and with practical business experience in agriculture, horticulture, wholesaling and consultancy. Currently focused on creating new partnerships to drive forward the agri-food and rural industries through innovation and skills development. Specialties: Farming innovation and policy, rural development, skills and education, sustainable development

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor ACA MSc

Mark Lumsdon-Taylor ACA MSc

Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and corporate financier with special interests in food & farming, rural business, ESG and a belief that business must be underpinned by sustainable finance. He established Rural Policy Group in 2019 following 16 years in the rural economy working with both public and private sector businesses. Mark has won numerous awards for his work including Finance Director of the Year 2007, Accounting for Sustainability 2012 (ICEAW), National Business Finance Director 2014 (Finance Director) and the Institute of Directors Blue Ribbon award for Governance and Finance Excellence in 2018.

Mark is a member of the ICAEW Farming and Rural Business Committee and a CBI Southeast Councillor. 

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