SOANES POULTRY has promoted director of sales and marketing Ben Lee to managing director.

He replaces Nigel Upson, who is to retire after 10 years at the helm of the Middleton on the Wolds poultry processor.

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Soanes Poultry was founded 75 years ago and sells chicken to butchers and independent retailers throughout Yorkshire and to wholesalers and catering butchers nationwide.

Mr Lee, 32, joined the family business in 2008 after completing his A-Levels at Driffield School.

He has worked in all areas of the firm, from production to sales, and was most recently appointed main board as director of sales and marketing in 2021.


He said: “I have a great team around me and am grateful for the opportunities that I have been given. I’m looking forward to developing the team and guiding the business sustainably to the next level for our employees and for future generations of the Soanes family.”

Mr Upson added: “I have every confidence that Ben has the necessary skills to deliver the next chapter in the 75-year history of Soanes Poultry successfully.

“He is knowledgeable in all areas of the business, is well respected by colleagues, customers and suppliers alike, and always has the best interests of the business at the heart of his decision making.”