Newly elected Alan Forrester has pledged to support the “strong, influential voice” of the trade association as Brexit negotiations continue.
The Greenyard Fresh UK and Greenyard Flowers managing director was voted in unanimously as president at a recent council meeting held ahead of FPC’s annual general meeting.
FPC says the highly-respected industry professional has a “wealth of experience and knowledge” in the sector.
“In these challenging times it’s more important than ever that we get behind the industry trade association and provide a strong, influential voice in Brexit negotiations and other areas,” says Forrester.
“The FPC plays a vital role and I look forward to working with the board and to supporting Nigel and the team in the coming months.”
Longstanding supporter of the FPC who was first elected as president in 2008, Jim Rogers stood down but chose to remain on the board, taking up the role of vice president for six months to assist with the handover.
“I have enjoyed my tenure and I’m delighted to hand over to Alan who will bring a new and refreshing influence,” he said.
“The profile of the FPC is higher than ever and the extensive membership continues to grow year on year, so this is the perfect time to hand on the baton and I have no doubt that Alan’s experience and leadership skills will greatly benefit the association and its members.”
Mike Parr was also elected unanimously as the second vice president and other directors successfully voted in for a further two-year period include Veryan Bliss, Nigel Jenney and Martin Panter.
“I’m delighted with the election results – we have a strong board and the appointment of Alan as president and Mike as vice president couldn’t be better,” says Nigel Jenney CEO.
“We thank Jim for his support and contribution as president over the past nine years and we’re pleased he has agreed to remain as vice president for a period. We have a lot of work to do in the coming months and I very much look forward to progressing our influence in Brexit with the enthusiastic, pro-active support of the board.”
The FPC Board is made up of a dedicated team of non-executive directors from across the fresh produce sector providing a comprehensive representation of the membership.