Norfolk outdoor producer elected as NPA chair
Norfolk outdoor pig producer Rob Mutimer has been elected as the new chairman of the National Pig Association (NPA).
Mutimer, who runs a 750-sow unit producing pigs for the Waitrose supply chain, alongside a retail and wholesale butchery business, replaces Yorkshire producer Richard Lister, who stands down after six years in the role.
Having served as the NPA’s vice-chair for the past three years, Mutimer will have two new vice-chairs, reflecting the move to combine the NPA’s producer and allied industry groups into a single Pig Industry Group.
“The work of the NPA has never been more important than it is now as the industry faces up to challenges on multiple fronts.”
The producer vice-chair will be Yorkshire producer Phil Stephenson, who chaired the NPA’s Producer Group for a number of years,and the allied industry vice-chair will be Hugh Crabtree, who runs Reading-based pig ventilation control system supplier, Farmex, and previously chaired the Allied Industry Group.
Mutimer, who is also a member of the AHDB Pork Board, said: “The work of the NPA has never been more important than it is now as the industry faces up to challenges on multiple fronts. I will aim to ensure the association continues to punch above its weight as it fights the industry’s corner and we all work towards building a thriving and sustainable pig industry of the future.”
NPA chief executive, Zoe Davies, added: “I am very happy that we have such a strong team to help support NPA staff with whatever challenges await over the next three years.”