NPA appoints new chief executive

NPA appoints new chief executive

The National Pig Association (NPA) has announced that Lizzie Wilson has been appointed as the trade body’s new chief executive.

Wilson replaces Dr Zoe Davies who took up a new role with the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

NPA chief executive Lizzie Wilson.

NPA said that Wilson has “an exceptional track record”, having joined the organisation in 2011, initially as regions manager and more recently as policy services officer. She has twice deputised for Davies as general manager, including the past few weeks since her departure.

As part of her previous roles within the NPA, Wilson has been responsible for liaising with members and government on planning and environmental legislation, and played a central role recently in securing “a more sensible interpretation of the Farming Rules for Water, delivering a huge benefit to members.” She also specialises in crisis management, with regards to animal rights activism and anti-farming rhetoric.

An outstanding candidate

Announcing the appointment, NPA chairman Rob Mutimer said: “I am delighted that we have appointed Lizzie. She was an outstanding candidate from a competitive recruitment process and brings fantastic levels of experience, industry knowledge and general know-how to the role.

“She has always shown tremendous passion for the pig sector during her time with the NPA and has achieved so much for the sector already.

“While this appointment will ensure continuity, Lizzie made it clear during the recruitment process that she has a real vision for how she wants to move the NPA forward in challenging and changing times.” 

Determined to help the sector

Wilson said that she was “absolutely thrilled” to be named as new CEO of the NPA. She said: “Leading the organisation in such turbulent financial and political times, and with increasingly limited resource will of course be challenging. But with support from my very capable team, and the NPA’s Pig Industry Group, I am determined to help the sector navigate the next few months to ensure we emerge better and more resilient than ever.”

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