British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) president Peter Allan has announced that the organisation's chief executive Brian Young will step down in the spring of 2017.
Addressing the federation's annual lunch at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London earlier this week, Allan said: "We continue to act and develop as an organisation to ensure we are fit for purpose for the future. With this in mind, in just over 15 months our chief executive will be retiring and we have already started planning for a smooth and effective succession."
Young commented: "There is still much for me to do and this announcement will help ensure a smooth succession to enable us to build on the momentum and influence BFFF and its members have achieved in recent years."
Aged 63, Young has been chief executive of the trade body for over nine years and in that time has helped increase its membership, modernise its structure and launch a range of new services including an annual business conference.
The formal recruitment process for Young's replacement will start in January.
In his speech to over 1,000 guests Allan also highlighted the federation's achievements in the last 12 months, including its success in persuading the European Commission to amend its proposed ‘frozen on date' regulations, the recruitment of a record number of new members and the appointment of Paul Murray as the new head of commercial.