Yorkshire producer Richard Lister has been elected as the new chairman of the National Pig Association (NPA), with outgoing chairman, Richard Longthorp, becoming vice-chairman for an interim period as part of NPA’s succession strategy.
Mr Lister (pictured) farms in both North Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, keeping 3,300 indoor sows across four units. He has been an elected representative of NPA for 12 years, including six as chairman of the producer group. He is also a past-member of the BPEX board.
Immediately after his election, Mr Lister paid a warm tribute to Mr Longthorp’s “exceptional performance during the past three years”.
“He has worked tirelessly to represent NPA at countless events and meetings, typically three or four a week, and all the while running his own business,” said Mr Lister, adding that this included attending practically all NPA’s regional meetings to meet and listen to members, and to ensure their views are reflected in NPA policy.
“And while all this was going in he has been at pains behind the scenes to organise NPA’s staffing and strategy to ensure the organisation is now ready for another 15 years of excellent service to members. His three years have been a remarkable tour de force.”