Bpex appoints new technical head

Andrew Knowles has been appointed the new head of technical at Bpex as it plans the merging of knowledge and transfer, and research and development functions into a single team.

Knowles started his career as an agriculture business consultant to pig, arable, vegetable and root crop farmers and agribusinesses in East Anglia and then north-east England and east Scotland. He joined Bpex as strategy co-ordinator in February 2001, during the foot-and-mouth crisis. Throughout his career he has been involved in developing and leading various projects and campaigns in the industry, such as the Two Tonne Sow, Breed +3, Bpex Pig Health Scheme, Interpig pig performance network, and the electronic movement licensing (e-aml2) pig movement service, as well as undertaking a range of supply chain projects.

“I am very excited about the chance to lead a new Bpex technical team,” said Knowles. “It is an opportunity to harness the extensive knowledge and expertise within the team and to work with colleagues in the allied industry, veterinary profession, research and supply chains to support levy-payers.”

Bpex director Mick Sloyan said: “There are tremendous challenges ahead, but I’m sure Andrew will rise to them. Since Bpex was created, the industry has changed quite markedly, so the organisation has also needed to change.”

He added: “The appointment also ties in with the new strategy for Bpex, which will be launched at the Pig & Poultry Fair [13-14 May].”

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