The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has announced its director general, Melanie Leech, will be leaving to head up the British Property Federation.
Leech has been serving at the FDF for the past nine years and will begin her new post in the New Year.
Speaking about moving on from the FDF, Leech said: “I have been privileged to lead FDF for the last nine years and am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in that time.
“With the support of five great presidents and many individuals from member companies, plus a dedicated, expert and hard-working executive team we have made a real difference for food and drink manufacturing and driven the agenda through initiatives such as our Five-fold Environmental Ambition, our 2020 Growth Vision and our Ingredients for Success. The time is now right for me to move on to a new challenge and I am excited about the opportunity to represent another major economic powerhouse sector for the UK economy.”
Richard Evans, FDF President, said: “Melanie has made a significant contribution to furthering the industry’s interests during her time at FDF. She has been responsible for a number of key campaigns and worked tirelessly to make sure members are well represented in the key debates affecting our sector. She is highly regarded both by members and our stakeholders and has been a huge support to me and my predecessors in the role of President. We wish her well for her new role.”