New chair of Traceability Design User Group

New chair of Traceability Design User Group

The Traceability Design User Group (TDUG), the cross-industry body set up to guide and advise the work of the Livestock Information Programme (LIP), has selected Laura Ryan as its new chair.

Laura Ryan, chair of Traceability Design User Group (TDUG).

Ryan’s appointment comes after a competitive process overseen by senior meat and livestock industry figures from TDUG itself.

Laura will formally take up the two-year appointment on the 1st June 2020, moving into a post left vacant by John Cross, who took up the role of chair of LI Ltd in February. Her background in the meat business continues the tradition, set by John, of industry expertise guiding LIP at all levels.

Laura Ryan said: “I’m delighted to have been selected by TDUG members to chair the group at such a vital time for our sector, guiding us through a period of strategic planning whilst introducing further global insight.”

TDUG is a representative group of more than 20 trade and Government bodies from across the livestock industry.  It was set up as a user advisory group to ensure that front-line experience should drive the creation of the Livestock Information Programme. In 2019, it created the company Livestock Information Ltd, which is 51% owned by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and 49% by Defra.

AHDB chief executive, Jane King, said: “I’m delighted that Laura is going to continue her association with the programme. She’s known and respected throughout the livestock industry and brings an enormous amount of skill and experience to the role.”

Chair of Livestock Information Ltd, John Cross said: “Laura is a real asset to TDUG and the Livestock Information Programme as a whole. I’m very pleased that she’s been appointed and look forward to working with her in this new role as we bring much-needed modernisation to this vital area of agriculture.”

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