THE British Egg Industry Council has announced it will appoint Gary Ford as its new chief executive, with incumbent Mark Williams moving to the chairman’s role.

Current chairman Andrew Joret will retire after 11 years at the helm. 

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Having grown up with a farming background, Mr Ford joins following 14 years at the NFU, where he has worked across various sectors, including poultrymeat and eggs, having served as chief poultry advisor. 

The BEIC said his experience would bring a broad understanding of its requirements and members’ needs to the role.

After spending over 23 years as chief executive of the BEIC, Mark Williams will take on the chairman role.

Transition period

Mr Ford will start at the BEIC on 14 August, with Mr Williams assuming the role of chairman from 6 December, allowing for a transition period. Mr Joret will formally step down on 6 December as well. 

Mr Joret said: “Gary Ford brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience, to ensure that the BEIC can continue to represent the interests of the British egg industry. 

“As chairman, Mark Williams’ continued contribution will be invaluable, providing insights, guidance and strategic direction, and we are delighted that he has agreed to stay on to ensure a seamless transition and strong direction for the industry. 

“Mark’s decision to retire as chief executive will also enable him to spend more time with his family and travelling.” 


Mr Williams paid tribute to Mr Joret’s time in the chairman’s role: “Andrew Joret has been a true servant and champion for the British egg industry, both in his long-held role at the BEIC and his previous roles in the sector. 

“His exemplary leadership and dedicated service in advocating for the industry has been unwavering.  

“Andrew has overseen numerous milestone achievements, breaking down potential barriers to growing egg consumption, most significantly the FSA’s approval for British Lion eggs to be eaten runny by vulnerable groups. 

“I would like to thank Andrew for his exceptional contribution and tireless effort and we extend our best wishes for his well-deserved retirement in a few months.”