Dai Davies has announced he will stand down as HCC chairman
HCC Chairman Dai Davies has announced he will not be seeking reappointment from April.
Speaking at the HCC annual conference in Bangor, Mr Davies said a new chairman could prepare HCC for the impact of leaving the European Union.
"With the onset of Brexit HCC’s role will become even more vital," he said.
"It is timely for me to stand down for a new chair."
Lesley Griffiths, Welsh cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, thanked Mr Davies for his time in the role.
She encouraged anyone, especially women, who thought they were right for the role to apply as the board looks to adjust its gender balance.
"I have been very disappointed in the low number of women in senior roles in the agricultural sector in Wales," she said.
The conference concentrated on the future of Welsh lamb following the EU referendum result.
Mrs Griffiths said: "It is really important the industry does grasp the opportunities that lie ahead.
"It is important we continue to have access to our key markets in Europe. Our protected geographic indicators are also a vital tool to help us to distinguish our products."
Mr Davies said lamb remains the ’jewel in Wales’ crown’.
"Welsh lamb can be our Scotch whiskey or Champagne wine."