New Livestock Manager and New CEO Appointed

By Katie Black, 30 August 2013 – 
Bill Nelson Livestock Manager

Caption: Bill Nelson joins the team as Livestock Manager on 30 September 2013

Paul Clow CEO

Caption: Paul Clow is appointed CEO of L&K Group Plc


The L&K Group Plc, the Parent Company of NWA is pleased to announce the appointment of two senior managers within the Group. Mr Bill Nelson will take up the position of Livestock Manager of the two livestock markets on 30 September, and Mr Paul Clow takes up the new position of CEO for the whole Group on 2 September.

Mr Bill Nelson has worked in the auctioneering industry for 13 years. Latterly working for the H&H Group based in Carlisle, Bill comes to our livestock business with a sound knowledge of the industry having managed a close-knit team in his previous role and working with livestock both in the auction environment and on his own farm all his working life. Currently living at Roadhead near Carlisle (where he still manages his family’s beef and sheep farm), he plans to relocate to South Cumbria/North Lancashire to ensure he is able to devote his working week to the role of managing the livestock auction marts in Crooklands and Lancaster. His key role will be to manage and support his team of auctioneers and field and office staff, ensuring the highest level of quality and customer service are offered at both centres, developing the sales and consequently increasing stock numbers.

Mr Paul Clow takes up the brand new position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This will involve delivering change throughout the organisation of the L&K Group and working with Bill and the other managers to ensure each centre maximises its potential for business expansion and diversification, firmly establishing the L&K Group as an industry leading place to do business. Paul has worked in large business all his life having qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry then moving on to business management roles, latterly with DuPont Sustainable Solutions as Business Development Manager working with clients such as Shell, Unilever, B&Q, Network Rail and Kraft. As a member of the Institute of Directors and with experience in delivering change management programmes, Paul joins the company at a pivotal time for the L&K Group. Paul has a keen informal interest in agriculture having moved to the Kirkby Stephen area in 2007, helping out on a local farm and he even keeps a few Rough Fell and Mule sheep.

Chairman of L&K Group, John Drinkall, said “the Directors of L&K Group have been searching for some key staff over the last few months to ensure that the whole team is able to deliver the exceptional levels of service expected by our customers and shareholders. Over the years the company has invested heavily in staff and premises and our customers quite rightly deserve the very best. With the addition of Bill and Paul we now firmly believe we have a great team of staff who are ready and willing to take up the challenge to embrace change and grow our businesses.”


    30 August 2013, 7.31pm

    Good Luck to both Bill Nelson and Paul Clow in your new positions.

  • Paul Clow

    11 September 2013, 11.19am

    Thanks for your comment Jayne. I’m very excited about joining the L&K Group and I hope that I can bring some new ideas and business perspective to increase the services we offer and make them even better for all of our customers, buyers and sellers alike. Hopefully I’ll still have some time for our own few Roughs and look forward to seeing you at the up-coming show and sales days.

    Meantime I'm happy to hear from anyone else with ideas or suggestions of how we could do more or better things.


  • derek

    21 September 2013, 7.17am

    I recently visited j36 for 1st time ringside seating is worse in my mind than old Kendal not enough tears especially for elderly farmers that need seating and want to view ring others have said same

  • NWA

    24 September 2013, 5.11pm

    Hello Derek, thank you for your feedback. The directors are aware of the need to address some of the seating and viewing areas in the new mart and hope to be able to make some alterations in time, they are considering the options to make best use of the space in a cost-effective manner with as little disruption to our main sales as possible.

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