Aspatria Farmers Appoints New CEO

Aspatria Farmers, The oldest farming cooperative in the UK, has today announced the appointment of a new CEO, Ian Buchanan.

Next year Aspatria Farmers will celebrate 155 years working with farmers across Cumbria, South West Scotland and Northumberland. With a turnover
last year of £35.5m and 3 branches centrally located across three sites in Cumbria; Aspatria, Longtown & Penrith, they offer a wide range of services
from feed nutrition, machinery, dairy engineering, agronomy, animal health and more.
Ian has lived in Cumbria all his life, being brought up within the farming community and has an established reputation, having worked at Aspatria Farmers
as Commercial Manager for the last ten years and has expressed his excitement for the future as he steps into this new role.

Ian Buchanan, New Chief Executive said, ‘Having worked at Aspatria Farmers for 19 years, I am passionate about the business, our people and the
farming community. Looking forward, I am committed to leading the team and continuing our ethos of ‘working for farmers’ by providing the best
products at the best prices and growing our business within the county and beyond.’

‘Aspatria Farmers is in an extremely strong position, having recently announced a record sales year, and is not going anywhere.
Being a cooperative owned by farmers within the local community, we have the best interests of the agricultural industry in mind at all times
and I believe this sets us apart from others. I would like to thank our directors, valued team members and every one of our customers for their ongoing support.'

William Graham, Chairman of Aspatria Farmers, said, ‘The board of directors carefully considered many applications for this role and
agreed Ian was the right person for the job due to his passion for Aspatria Farmers, the farming community and having such a
strong reputation in his previous role. We are delighted with the appointment of Ian to this vital role in Aspatria Farmers, his knowledge of the business and agriculture industry is extensive and we are confident he will be the positive driving force
Aspatria Farmers needs to continue their recent successes.’

Ian Buchanan has been announced as CEO from immediate effect.