SOANES POULTRY has promoted two of its senior management team to the board of directors.

Current general manager Nigel Upson has been named managing director, while financial controller Claire Wright joins the board as finance director.

The company said Mr Upson had “been successful in giving the business direction and a greater sense of purpose, positioning our local, rural business as a producer of great chicken with high ethical values in national markets”.

While Mrs Wright had “ not only delivered sound accounting and financial controls, but she has shown a clear determination to drive change and deliver improvement across the business”.

And former sales coordinator Ben Lee has been named head of sales and marketing.

Soanes Poultry is based in Middleton on the Wolds and supplied chicken to butchers and independent retailers in Yorkshire and beyond.