New Board Members


We are pleased to announce two new additions to the board – Michael Muncey and David Sheppard. Officially welcomed onto the board at the end of January, both Michael and David have recently stepped down from major industry roles, bringing with them a wealth of commercial excellence.


Michael Muncey brings over thirty years of ag-chem experience to the board, having served a number of UK roles within Bayer Crop Science, including agronomy, sales, marketing, and product management. He moved back to the UK in 2017 to take
on the role of Managing Director for the UK Bayer Crop Science business before stepping back at the end of August 2021.
Now semi-retired, Michael sits on the board of AIC in a Welsh Policy Manager role, and Albert Bartlett as a non-executive director, and is also a part-time consultant at property consultancy Bidwells.

David Sheppard has over 25 years’ experience in the grain trade as Gleadell Trading Director from 1997-2005, before serving as Managing Director from 2005-2019.  

From February 2019 to January 2020 David was joint Managing
Director of ADM Agriculture and was the lead in joining Gleadell,
Dunns, ADM Direct and ADM Arkady into one business. From January 2020, Norfolk-based David remained as a Director of ADM Agriculture before stepping back at the end of last year.

“Michael and David both bring a huge amount of knowledge experience and commercial pedigree to the board, particularly for our growing number of arable members,” explains Andrew Knowles, Fram Farmers CEO.

“They have both recently stepped down from key senior industry commercial roles, and their addition to the board is
an important step as we seek to develop and grow Fram Farmers; staying faithful to the cooperatives ethos and values that have served members so successfully over the past 60 years, but ensuring our performance is unparalleled with the leading commercial agribusinesses.

“Investing in talent, expertise and ambition not only applies to the staff of Fram Farmers, but also within the mindset of the board. I am looking forward to working with Michael and David, as well as other recent new board members, and our growing membership,” he adds.