RABDF announces the stepping down of its Managing Director Matthew Knight

It is with regret that Matthew Knight has decided to leave RABDF to pursue a new challenge.

Matthew progressed from Event Director to Managing Director, leading the charity through a significant relaunch. Under his guidance and working alongside a dynamic team, Dairy-Tech has emerged as a globally recognised event for dairy innovation, drawing record participation. During COVID-19, RABDF continued to support the dairy industry and provided valuable insights to DEFRA on industry challenges such as milk tipping and the risks of reliance on overseas labour.

Under Matthew’s leadership, the RABDF team was recognised with awards for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions campaign ahead of COP 26 and launched the EN Award-winning Down to Earth event, spotlighting regenerative farming. As Matthew embarks on new ventures, his influence on promoting technological advancements and sustainability within dairy farming is recognised. We want to thank him for his 11 years of dedication to RABDF and the agricultural community.

Commenting on the announcement, Robert Craig, RABDF Chairman added:

“Initially as RABDF Events Director and latterly since 2016 as our Managing Director, Matt’s commitment and leadership will be a huge loss to the association. Speaking for the trustees, we wish Matt every success for the future and his career. With immediate effect I will be stepping in to manage the team at RABDF, assisting with our future activities, including the Gold Cup open day on 22nd May and the Down to Earth event at Grosvenor Farm on 3rd July. RABDF will now take this opportunity to review our future strategy. With plans already well advanced for Dairy Tech 2025 we look forward to welcoming the dairy industry to Stoneleigh Park in February next year.”

For more information please contact:
Robert Craig,
RABDF Chairman,