National Pig Association appoints chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has appointed a new chief executive as part of a restructure of its board.

Dr Zoe Davies will become the new chief executive after being with the NPA for six years. Davies previously worked at Defra as a senior scientific officer.

NPA chairman Richard Longthorpe said the association was impressed by her commitment and knowledge of the pig industry.

Davies said its focus remains the same. “You’d be hard pressed to find a more dedicated and passionate team to support British pig producers than the National Pig Association, and I am honoured to be given the opportunity to guide it through future challenges and to take advantage of the opportunities. Our focus is, and always will be, to provide excellent value for our members.”

The new role of chief executive was created in order to keep up with the demands of the industry, which was previously down to the chairman.

Longthorpe, who is a pig producer and arable farmer in East Yorkshire, said: “In the past, the elected chairman of the NPA has tended also to take on the chief executive role, but this made it almost a full-time job, and that’s not sustainable in today’s highly competitive environment when pig producers need to devote the lion’s share of their energies to their own business.”

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