A new chief executive of the British Charolais Cattle Society (BCCS) has been appointed.
From the 14th March, Peter Phythian will succeed David Benson, who is retiring from the position after 29 years.
Mr Phythian brings 35 years of experience in the food industry, moving from Eurofins where he worked as business manager with the global company’s feed analysis, genomics, food legal advice and BRC audit divisions.
He began his career working on the family farm in Lancashire, managing both pedigree Charolais and commercial cattle. After graduating university with a diploma in agriculture, he worked with the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) and the European food safety inspection services, before being appointed MCL commercial services chief executive.
Mr Phythian said: “I am delighted and honoured to be joining the British Charolais Cattle Society and I am very much looking forward to meeting members and working with all members up and down the beef chain”.
BCCS chairman Andrew Hornall commented: “David Benson has constantly demonstrated his unwavering commitment to professional excellence and to development of the Society over a period spanning almost three decades.
It is that solid foundation which David’s vision has forged combined with Peter’s leadership skills which I am confident will take the Society on to the next chapter”.