Stevenson to step down as CEO of LMCNI

Stevenson to step down as CEO of LMCNI

CEO of the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMCNI) Ian Stevenson will step down from the role, having been offered and accepted a position with the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland.

LMC chief executive Ian Stevenson.

Stevenson took up the position of LMC chief executive in 2011 and will leave the role at the end of September, having spent 12 years at the helm. 

On behalf of LMC, board member Joe Stewart extended heartfelt thanks to Ian for his committed service and counsel. Stewart said: “I would like to thank Ian Stevenson for the significant contributions he has made to LMC during his tenure as the Commission’s chief executive and wish him every success in his new role.

“With extensive experience in the agri-food industry Ian has played a significant role in leading the Commission’s service delivery for industry through various challenges including EU Exit, Covid-19 and the sector’s response to climate change. Ian has very successfully raised the profile and awareness of Northern Ireland Farm Quality Assured Beef and Lamb and the sustainability credentials of the local industry. He is a highly respected leader within LMC and has been instrumental in delivering the Commission’s strategic vision. It is with thanks to his knowledge and expertise that LMC has grown from strength to strength.

“Ian will leave LMC on a strong and stable footing. During this period of transition the board and staff team remain unequivocally committed to fulfilling the Commission’s extensive programme of work.

“As the Northern Ireland beef and lamb industry’s promotional body, LMC will continue to work with stakeholders as we seek to advance and safeguard the industry for future generations.”

LMC said that during Stevenson’s tenure the Commission has greatly enhanced its communications and engagement with consumers with a particular focus on younger people as they make important decisions about their diet, health and lifestyle choices. LMC’s Education Programme has also grown considerably with cookery demonstrations at 475 post primary and primary schools showcasing NIFQA beef and lamb in the last year.

In the coming weeks LMC will commence the process of appointing a new chief executive to succeed Stevenson.

Looking ahead, Stewart said: “We look forward to continuing to work with Ian in the coming months. On behalf of the board and staff team I would like to take this opportunity to wish him every success as he takes up his new role as CEO of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland in early October.”

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