Chris Lloyd will take over the role from John Fitzgerald in the New Year.
The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has announced former AHDB director of knowledge exchange Chris Lloyd will take the position as secretary general on January 1.
Mr Lloyd will take on the role in the wake of significant breakthrough in use of antibiotics in UK farming and will replace John Fitzgerald as he leaves the position after six years at the end of the month.
“RUMA has transformed from more of an advisory organisation to really driving change across the main livestock sectors in terms of antibiotic use,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“I am proud to have been involved at this critical time, and pleased to leave at a point when our farming industry has proved a leader in this antibiotic resistance debate.”
Over the next three years, RUMA has committed to further reduce, refine or replace antibiotic use within the sector.
Mr Lloyd has seen his career span from 16-years working for the National Sheep Association (NSA) to EBLEX, before securing several positions at AHDB including lead on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) on pork, dairy, beef and lamb.
He said: “The challenge of AMR and the wider drive for responsible use of all medicines will be ever present for the livestock sectors over the next few years.”
RUMA chairman Gwyn Jones added: “John’s former senior role at the Veterinary Medicines Directorate means he has a deep knowledge of the technical issues and was known to the key people in the industry.
“He has seen us through a transformative time and left RUMA in an immeasurably stronger position than when he joined six years ago. He will be deeply missed.
“However, we are looking forward to Chris joining and bringing a new outlook. The progress achieved over the past two years has been hard won, and the job is to now build on that as our challenges evolve.
“We have exciting times ahead.”