The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has appointed Angela Christison as new strategy director for its Pork sector from early April this year. She will oversee the AHDB pig production and processing work, supporting the elected AHDB Pork Sector Board, delivering its strategy and working with the industry in its post-Brexit drive to become ‘fit for the future’.

She takes over from current strategy director Mick Sloyan, who is to retire in the summer after 40 years in the industry. He started his career as an economist with the Meat & Livestock Commission, becoming director of the British Pig Executive in 2000 when the MLC split into species specific bodies, which were subsequently reshaped into sector boards under the AHDB umbrella from 2008. He is also deputy chief executive of the AHDB.

Ms Christison started her career with Genus in 1989 as a cattle breeding specialist based in Yorkshire. As resources director for the company, she oversaw the move of back office functions from London to Cheshire, and then managed national production, sales, purchasing and R&D teams throughout the UK and Europe.

In 2002 she was appointed global business development director based in the US state of Wisconsin, and played a large part in Genus’ purchase of the Pig Improvement Company in 2005. Most recently, Ms Christison set up her own training business delivering courses for both the public and private sectors, including international agricultural and finance businesses

“The pork sector needed someone who thinks strategically on behalf of the industry, with international experience and a track record in managing change,” says Pork Board chairman Mike Sheldon. “Angela has experience in bringing people together to create coherent teams and understands the meat industry up and down the supply chain.