BPEX appoints new R&D head

BPEX has appointed a new head of knowledge transfer, research and development.

Dr Mike Varley, who will join BPEX on 3 August, has extensive expertise in both practical pig meat production and scientific research.

Varley currently works as an independent consultant with his own company and was previously employed by NuTec UK and SCA Nutrition, both divisions of Provimi.

He also has many years’ experience working at a number of different universities.

Varley’s academic and commercial roles have provided the opportunity to travel widely and develop detailed knowledge of pig meat production across the world - including visits to North America, Australia, New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, South America and Europe.

BPEX director Mick Sloyan said: “Mike has a wealth of experience, which dovetails with the needs of BPEX.

“BPEX KT R&D has been transformed in recent years and I look forward to working with Mike to extend that work to deliver even more benefit to levy payers and their businesses.”

Mike said: “It is my aspiration to harness existing knowledge and to develop innovative technical solutions to address changes throughout the pig meat supply chain.

“Our pig technology is also seen outside in the wider world as being among the best there is and this, in itself, may bring commercial advantage to our industry.”