our farmers

As a co-operative, our farmers ultimately determine the strategy of the business and the basis of the trading relationships through which they supply their milk and invest their capital.

Every member has the opportunity to become a Council Member and to stand for election to the Board.

Farmer Directors

Jim Baird 
Vice Chairman
t: 07811 571205




Robert Craig
Farmer Director
t: 07776 477802




Member Council

The Member Council's role is to oversee the strategy of the business and to ensure the business acts in the best interests of its members and deals commercially, within co-operative principles, with the challenges and opportunities ahead. The Council has begun the process of recruiting an independent Council chair, as recommended by the Greenburn Report. Please contact any of the Council members listed below on member representation matters. Operational queries should be taken up with a member of the Farm Enterprise Team.

The seven First Milk members who are on the council are listed below. They were selected following a robust and independently scrutinised process, chaired by non-executive director and former Müller Wiseman Dairies / Adams Foods MD, Carl Ravenhall.

Member Council:

  • Scott Calderwood, Dumbartonshire (ascottcalderwood@gmail.com tel: 07894 899676)
  • Willie Purdie, Dumfries (inglestonford@hotmail.co.uk tel: 07712 051656)
  • Di Clements, Pembrokeshire (d.1.clements@btconnect.com tel: 07918 745380)
  • Mike Smith, Pembrokeshire (lamsmith@hotmail.co.uk tel: 07968 270038)
  • Dr Sean Rickard, Chairman of Members' Council (sean@seanrickardltd.co.uk)
  • David Walker, Cumbria (david335walker@btinternet.com tel: 07799 606569)
  • Christine Kelsall, Lancashire (chris3kelsall@hotmail.com tel: 07999 593021)
  • Willie Campbell, Ayrshire (wrcampbell@speednetscotland.net tel: 07866 701909)

member benefits

Secure home for your milk

As a farmer co-operative, we have a commitment to process every single drop of members' milk, even during times when other farmers cannot find a home for their milk.



First Milk Direct - Saving members money

In partnership with the country's leading buying group - Anglia Farmers, First Milk members can access a full range of farming inputs offering the best possible value, whilst saving time and resource.








would you like to learn more about dairy farming?

Our friends at This is Dairy Farming can help you explore how milk is made, and why dairy farmers and their cows are so important to Britain.