Stewart Houston

Stewart Houston
Board Member

Stewart is a partner in the family business operating with 500 sows producing weaners. The family also build and market Electronic Sow Feeders for the home and export market.

Whilst chairman of the British Pig Executive (2003-2015),  Stewart was responsible for increasing export markets, particularly China, reducing the risk of PEDv by gaining knowledge from America and Canada and developing an EU Pig Innovation Partnership which includes 11 Member States.

Stewart was chairman of the National Pig Association and a Director from2003 until March 2015.

Stewart has held Non-Executive Director roles with the Scottish Agricultural College, The Scottish Rural University College and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

He maintains his Directorship with Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare Board (UK government department for agriculture and the environment) with special responsibility for Welfare, AMR, RDPE and the EU Animal Health Law.

Stewart has received a number of industry awards and has been awarded CBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

Stewart was an active member of Copa’s Pigmeat Working Group for 16 years.

Paid employment, office or profession

MPS AGRI LTD – family business

Directorships, whether paid or not


Any business, professional or public activities or interests that provides a regular source of income, recognition or some other benefit

Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE)
Honorary Secretary of Tanfield Angling Club

Membership of public bodies, trusteeship of a charity or other public or private trust, or membership, role or affiliation to clubs or organisations

Farmer’s Club
Worshipful Company of Farmers
Worshipful Company of Butchers
National Pig Association
National Farmers Union (NFU)

Any shareholdings other than those held by a unit trust or similar arrangements where the Board member has no influence on the management of the shares