Meet the team who work for the IEC.
Role: IEC Chairman
Tim Lambert took on the role of IEC Chairman in September 2017, at the IEC Bruges Conference. Tim has worked his entire career in Agriculture. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1983 with an Honours degree in Animal and Poultry Science. He is currently the CEO of Egg Farmers of Canada, a position he has held since 2003. Previous to his role as IEC Chairman Tim has served on the IEC Executive Board since 2009 and as an IEC Office Holder from 2010. Tim also serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Egg Foundation. Before joining EFC, Tim worked in the beef cattle industry for 8 years as CEO and General Manager of Beef Improvement Ontario, a genetic improvement company based out of Guelph, Ontario. Prior to his experiences in the beef industry Tim was the CEO and General Manager of Ontario Swine Improvement and spent a total of 10 years in the pork industry.
Role: Chief Executive Officer - World Egg Organisation
As Director General of the World Egg Organisation (WEO), I am delighted to have the opportunity to drive the overall strategic development of the whole WEO. I also have a key role in the continuing development of the International Egg Commission, which is at the heart of the WEO. The World Egg Organisation takes a whole value chain approach and provides the opportunity to bring together a wide range of partners and bodies across the whole egg spectrum. This allows us to work in key areas including human nutrition; through the International Egg Nutrition Centre (IENC), the environment; through the Global initiative for Sustainable Eggs (GISE), and poverty alleviation; through the International Egg Foundation (IEF). I am passionate about advancing the knowledge and understanding of the power of the egg to benefit peoples around the world in both developed and developing environments.
Role: Chief Operating Officer - World Egg Organisation
As Chief Operating Officer of the WEO I am responsible for all day-to-day operations of the organisation, as well as the planning, implementation and evaluation of the association's programmes and services to meet the strategic objectives set by the Board. All our programmes and services are targeted at supporting members and the wider egg industry internationally. I joined the IEC in 2010, spending four years as Business and Events Manager, before being promoted to Operations Director in 2014 and Secretary General in 2015. I previously worked in 2 international subsidiaries of the Vinci Group, drawing on my legal training to co-ordinate the bid process for multi million pound projects. Working for a member organisation such as the IEC is immensely rewarding. I am constantly challenged with fresh work initiatives, and thoroughly enjoy the translating of goals into accomplishments and further developing the service and reach of the IEC.
Professor Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst
Role: IEC Statistical Analyst
The IEC is proud to have Professor Hans-Wilhelm Windhorst as the IEC Statistical Analyst as part of the new IEC Economics and Statistics Team as from 1st January 2007. Professor Windhorst is Scientific Director of the Science and Information Centre for Sustainable Poultry Production (WING) at the University of Vechta, Germany. Until 2009 he was Director of the Institute of Spatial Analysis and Planning in Areas of Intensive Agriculture (ISPA) at the same university, an institute that he founded in 1990. Much of his work involves investigating regional and sectoral patterns in the egg industry. He studied at the University of Muenster and gained a PHD in 1969 and then gained a post-doctoral qualification in 1977. Professor Windhorst has had a long-standing involvement with the IEC and together with Peter van Horne is developing the Economic and Statistical service that the IEC provides to members.
Peter van Horne
Role: IEC Economic Analyst
The IEC is proud to have Peter van Horne as the IEC Economic Analyst as part of the new IEC Economics and Statistics Team as from 1st January 2007. Peter van Horne is a senior farm economist at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute at Wageningen, the Netherlands. He is Europe's premier Poultry Economist and specialises in poultry research projects for government and industry with particular focus on the economics of animal welfare, environmental protection, animal health and international competition. Peter has had a long-standing involvement with the IEC and together with Professor Windhorst is developing the Economic and Statistical service that the IEC provides to members.
Professor David Hughes
Role: IEC Global Food Marketing Analyst
Professor David Hughes was appointed as the IEC Global Food Marketing Analyst in March 2014 and brings with him a wealth of marketing experience in the food and drinks industry. David Hughes is Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London and Visiting Professor at the University of Kent Business School and at the Royal Agricultural College, U.K. The IEC is extremely honoured to have David as part of the team. He is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer trends, and is a strong proponent of building vertical alliances between key chain members in the food industry; farmers, life science and input companies, ingredient firms, food and beverage manufacturers, retailers and food service. David has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organisations on three continents. Energetic, engaging, humorous and insightful, David gains the very highest evaluations at seminars, conferences and board level discussions in every continent he visits. He works closely with senior management of food and beverage firms on business strategy development and with governments on food policy formulation. David's views are frequently sought by TV, radio and the printed press.
Role: Programme Manager
As Programme Manager I support both the World Egg Organisation Director General and the IEC Secretary General in advancing the overall work programme of the IEC helping to drive forward key areas of importance to the egg industry. I also organise and administer the IEC Working Groups. Additionally I support the IEC team with the daily administration of the office which includes co-ordinating the membership function of the IEC; this involves being a first point of contact for new and existing members and facilitating all aspects of their membership. I joined the IEC in February 2014 and bring with me experience gained whilst working within an international safety organisation framework; communicating with high-level regulatory bodies and establishments, formulating best working practices and policies. I am therefore now able to draw on those skills and capabilities and transfer them to the egg industry through my work with the IEC.
Role: Executive Secretary
I joined the IEC team in September 2016. As Executive Secretary my role includes supporting the IEC in an administrative and secretarial capacity, as well as assisting in the co-ordination and implementation of communications for IEC, WEO and IEF, including the E-Newsletters and Social Media. Excellent customer service is a huge motivator for me, and I take great pride in my role supporting IEC management to deliver the high standards of the IEC. I bring to the IEC a wealth of information technology skills as well as a knowledge of international customs and cultures, having gained previous experience in the travel industry and working for international businesses.