Published on 10th December 2018
Former Guild chairman Adrian Bell has been re-elected to the management board of the European Network of Agricultural Journalists (ENAJ).
One of ENAJ’s founding members in 2011, Adrian is also founder and owner of agricultural PR and marketing specialist Agro Mavens.
He was returned to the nine-strong management committee at the ENAJ AGM in Herning, Denmark, alongside journalist colleagues from Ireland, Germany, Belgium, France, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Adrian will serve a three-year term working alongside new chairman Hans Siemes, a Dutch dairy farming journalist.
BGAJ members Olivia Cooper and Chris McCullough were also present at the event, which was hosted by the Danish agricultural fair Agromek.
“ENAJ has been instrumental in achieving closer co-operation between Europe’s agricultural journalists, thanks to participation and support from the 22 national associations who are ENAJ members,” says Adrian.
“While initially established under Commissioner Dacian Cioloş to help foster better communication between the EU’s DG AGRI and Europe’s farmers during the most recent round of CAP reform, the organisation has blossomed into a much more comprehensive network.
“Today we provide regular interaction between journalists from different countries, and a robust forum for knowledge exchange through various events, input from industry partners with interests in European agriculture, and of course the press tours in which many British members continue to participate.”
Adrian has also served as Treasurer to the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) since 2015. There he is currently involved in setting up the IFAJ Foundation, a charitable body that will build and expand IFAJ’s reach and effectiveness.
He founded Agro Mavens in 2016 and provides international PR and marketing services to a diverse range of agricultural clients including multinationals Corteva, Caterpillar and Perkins Engines, as well as UK-based agtech companies and start-ups.
Photo: The newly elected ENAJ management committee, l-r: Yanne Boloh (France), Adrian Bell (UK), Damien O’Reilly (Ireland), Katharina Seuser (Germany), Hans Siemes (Netherlands), Jef Verhaeren (Belgium), Vedran Stapic (Croatia) and Lisa Bellochi (Italy). Adrian Krebs (Switzerland) was unable to attend the AGM.