The new senior policy adviser of the National Pig Association (NPA), Katie Jarvis, has officially started in her new role today (Tuesday, October 31).

Jarvis formally joined the association today, replacing former chief policy adviser Rebecca Veale who left the association after four years in August.

Jarvis will have a varied brief and will work across the sector’s policy areas, but will lead the NPA specifically on pig health and welfare.

She had been working as a county adviser for the National Farmers’ Association (NFU) in the Southwest region for the past few years.

Prior to that, Jarvis worked at the NFU’s Brussels British Agriculture Bureau (BAB) office for five years.

Katie Jarvis

Katie Jarvis

Over her first few weeks, the NPA said Jarvis will be embarking on a number of visits to prominent producer and allied businesses to familiarise herself with the industry.

The association said she enjoyed a “good relationship” with the NPA during her time at the NFU.

Commenting on starting in her new position, Jarvis said she was “absolutely thrilled” to be joining the NPA team.

“I am really excited to be getting started. I have already got a good understanding of the pig sector from my previous roles, and I am now looking forward to meeting more people and learning more about this varied and interesting industry.”

Jarvis’ arrival takes the NPA policy team back up to four, with Charlie Dewhirst promoted to the role of NPA chief policy adviser.