The National Pig Association (NPA) has announced that Katie Jarvis will be taking on the role of senior policy advisor at the end of October this year.

Jarvis will replace chief policy advisor Rebecca Veale, who will leave the NPA after four years in mid-August to take up a new role at Boehringer Ingelheim.

Charlie Dewhirst, currently a senior policy advisor, will go on to become chief policy advisor.

NPA chief executive Lizzie Wilson said the NPA is “really excited” to announce Jarvis as its new senior policy advisor.

Katie Jarvis

“She knows the pig industry well and her experience and policy knowledge will be absolutely key, as the NPA grapples with some important regulatory changes already in play and on the horizon,” she said.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming Katie to the team. I also want to thank Becca, who has been a tremendous servant to the NPA and the pig industry over the past four years.

“Her work on Defra’s (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’) review of contractual practice in the pig supply chain, in particular, has been hugely important – and we wish her all the best in her new role.”

Speaking on her appointment, Jarvis said it was a “very exciting opportunity” for her and her career.

Jarvis currently works as a county advisor for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in the South-West and previously worked at its British Agriculture Bureau (BAB) office in Brussels for five years.

“I have enjoyed a good relationship with the NPA during my time at the BAB office and in my current role, and I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the team. I look forward to meeting members and getting stuck in,” she said.

She comes from an agricultural background and the NPA said she will join the role with “an established understanding of the pig industry”.

Before joining BAB, she trained and worked at the European Commission and a variety of international roles, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome.