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Jane Brindle announced as new FABRA UK Chairman

Announcing the appointment of Jane Brindle, Technical Advisor at Leo Group Ltd, as first female FABRA UK Chairman

Leo Group Ltd is proud to announce the appointment of Jane Brindle, Technical Advisor at Leo Group, as the new and first female Chairman of the Foodchain and Biomass Renewables Association (FABRA UK), the UK’s leading authority on the use, value and biosecurity of animal by-products.

Jane brings significant technical know-how to this high-profile voluntary role, having gained extensive experience in the meat industry for over 20 years before joining Leo Group in February 2011. These years of experience and her keen interest in how the rendering industry fits into the circular economy model and how it contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of the food industry make her well equipped to represent FABRA UK’s members and to liaise with regulators and government departments on various issues. These will range from energy taxes, renewable fuels, environmental permitting and industry best practices to export health certificates to facilitate trade with new countries.

Jane was appointed as FABRA’s Chair at the last AGM on 17 November 2022 for a term of two years. Jane commented: “I would like to express my sincere thanks for the appointment and the trust that Board have placed in me. I look forward to the challenges ahead and I am proud to represent all FABRA members.”

Danny Sawrij, CEO of Leo Group Ltd, said: “As a member of FABRA UK, Leo Group is proud to have a Chair from our organisation for the first time. Jane Brindle has been with the group for over 10 years and has been instrumental in delivering our environmental permit changes for all new processes  introduced across the group. She works closely with the Environment Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), our main regulatory bodies. I cannot think of a better qualified and professional person to represent FABRA in both the UK and the EU.”

The FABRA UK Board commented: “Jane was unanimously approved as Chairman by the Board and will bring a wealth of experience and technical knowledge to the role to assist Adrian Kesterson (Technical Advisor) and Nikki Robertson (Administration Manager) in running FABRA UK.”