Zoe departs NPA with industry’s thanks and best wishes

Chief executive Zoe Davies left the NPA today, after 14 years of unwavering and immense service with the association, with the best wishes and thanks of the industry ringing in her ears.  

Zoe, who has been chief executive for the past eight years, is leaving to take up a new role as the NFU’s Eastern regional director at the start of August .

The recruitment process for a permanent replacement as CEO is under way and, in the interim period, Lizzie Wilson will be taking on the role of general manager, ensuring, with the rest of the team, that the NPA remains in very good hands.

The NPA team wished ‘her the very best for the future, after a simply phenomenal contribution to the industry over the years’, words echoed by all at Pig World.

Zoe has received a number of messages on the NPA forum thanking her for her contribution and wishing her good luck in the new role.

“A real grafter with massive empathy with front line prime producers in our sector. But more than that, an intellect to get right inside the critical issues of the day, see the important points of challenge and come up with a strategy to deal with them,” NPA vice-chair Hugh Crabtree said.

Former chair Richard Longthorp said: “Professional, Knowledgeable, Clarity of thought, Decisive, Empathetic, Totally Dedicated. Zoe Davies.

“Above all else you can always know and be mightily proud of the fact that you made a difference for both the industry and its individuals. A massive, massive Thank you – from a former Chairman whose role you made not just easy but an absolute pleasure.”

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