New Chair of the Finance, Income Generation and Governance Committee - Kim Matthews

16 Jul 2021

The Society would like to extend its congratulations to Kim Matthews on his appointment to the role of Chair of the Finance, Income Generation and Governance Committee.

‘I am honoured to have been asked to take this role by the current President and look forward to working with Elizabeth Magowan my vice chair and the rest of the committee members, as well as our newly appointed Treasurer, Cled Thomas.’

The committee, a merger of the Finance and Governance, and Income Generation committees, will oversee the role of the treasurer and ensure good financial management, coordinate, and monitor the income generation targets set for the other committees within the Society and ensure the Society has robust policies and procedures in place to meet its legal and moral obligations, as a modern charitable organisation. Kim also hopes that working together as a team, the two now merged committees can support the trustees in delivering a balanced budget over the next two years and establish an up-to-date set of policies and procedures, with an overall aim of moving the Society to a position where the operating costs are covered by operating income, and not dependent on investment growth.

A graduate of the University of Reading, Kim has worked in meat since 1992 and his expertise lies primarily in the area of carcase and meat quality. He is the current Head of Animal Breeding and Product Quality at AHDB, where he is responsible for the management of the Board’s R&D programme on meat quality and breeding, and he also has an oversight role for the beef and lamb research programme.

A BSAS member since 1993, Kim has regularly attended the Society’s annual conferences and was one of the first members of the Accreditation Register. He became the Vice President of the Society in 2019, which was when he joined the finance and governance committee, as it was formerly known.

While Kim admits that for some the subject of finance is not an exciting one, to ensure the successful future of the Society and its continuing growth, its vital that a close watch is kept on the BSAS finances. As although the Trustees have worked hard (and made some difficult decisions) over the last few years to put the finances onto a more sustainable footing, there is still more to do.