Nick Allen unveiled as new BMPA chief executive

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has announced the appointment of Nick Allen as its new chief executive.

Allen is currently market development director at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and will assume the BMPA role in mid-February.

He first joined AHDBs predecessor, the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC), in 1998 and subsequently went on to lead the regional manager team at the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX), becoming director of EBLEX in 2009.

His current role will be taken over on a temporary basis by AHDBs chief officer for communications and market development Christine Watts.

Nick AllenAllen said: I am really looking forward to the new challenge. For the first time in 40 years, the UK is now writing its own UK food strategy and it is important the meat industry and BMPA both play their part in shaping and developing that strategy.

The meat sector is an important part of the UK economy, creating jobs, generating exports, and helping the economy grow. It plays a vital role in giving the consumer a quality product admired all over the world.

AHDB now has a new vision and strategy which is supported by a great team of people. Staff are working incredibly hard to develop those all-important opportunities post Brexit for farmers, growers and the supply chain.

It has been a privilege to work at AHDB, and I look forward to continuing to work with AHDB - albeit in a different capacity.

Jane King, AHDBs chief executive, paid tribute to Allen: Nick has been instrumental in bringing together AHDBs export and market development staff into a strong and effective team which will be critical in helping the industry navigate the opportunities posed by Brexit. We wish him well in his new role.

Peter Mitchell, BMPA president, added: I am delighted Nick will be joining us as our new Chief Executive. He brings with him a wealth of experience and will be joining the organisation at an exciting and challenging time for the meat sector.

The Council and I are looking forward to working with Nick over the coming months as he seeks to engage with the membership and provide strategic leadership to the BMPA.

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