Bpex appoints two new board members

Two new members have been appointed to the Bpex board following the departure of Meryl Ward and John Rowbottom at the end of their terms.

The two, who take up their positions immediately, are Alastair Butler, from Blythburgh Free Range Pork in Suffolk and Ian Smith, director of farming for Bedfordia Farms.

Butler controls marketing and sales activity within the Blythburgh brand.

Smith is managing director of Bedfordia Farms with 1,100 indoor sows through to finishers, arable and grain storage.

Butler said: “As a Bpex board member, I hope to use my marketing and food sales knowledge to the advantage of the whole pig industry and, as an active member of the young NPA, I hope to bring a fresh perspective.”

Smith added: “I am looking forward to helping to ensuring Bpex is best-placed to deliver the information and practical advice that producers need to challenge their current practices and methods to ensure we all have a long-term future.”

Bpex chairman Stewart Houston said: “I would like to welcome them both to the board and know the skill and experience they will bring will help the industry in these challenging times.”

Also, following his appointment as chairman of AHDB, John Godfrey has resigned from the Bpex board.

Stewart paid tribute to Godfrey and said: “I would like to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well in his new position.”

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