After spending over 23 years as chief executive of the British Egg Industry Council, Mark Williams is to move to the role of chairman, replacing Andrew Joret who is retiring after 11 years at the helm.
Gary Ford, who has a farming background and is a former chief poultry advisor to the NFU, will become chief executive, taking on the role on 14 August.
Mark Williams will assume the role of chairman from 6 December.
“Gary Ford brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience, to ensure that the BEIC can continue to represent the interests of the British egg industry,” said Andrew Joret.
“As Chairman, Mark Williams’ continued contribution will be invaluable, providing insights, guidance and strategic direction, and we are delighted that he has agreed to stay on to ensure a seamless transition and strong direction for the industry. Mark’s decision to retire as chief executive will also enable him to spend more time with his family and travelling.”
Mark Williams said: “Andrew Joret has been a true servant and champion for the British egg industry, both in his long-held role at the BEIC and his previous roles in the sector. His exemplary leadership and dedicated service in advocating for the industry has been unwavering.
“Andrew has overseen numerous milestone achievements, breaking down potential barriers to growing egg consumption, most significantly the FSA’s approval for British Lion eggs to be eaten runny by vulnerable groups.
“I would like to thank Andrew for his exceptional contribution and tireless effort and we extend our best wishes for his well-deserved retirement in a few months.”