The food and feed chain auditing company SAI Global has appointed Bill Young as its head of agriculture. Mr Young joins SAI from NSF, where he led the company’s commercial operations with responsibility for all farm inspections, income streams and business development. In his new post, he will be based at SAI’s European headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Mr Young started his career as a grain buyer and trader and then sales manager for Midland Shires Farmers, one of the first UK companies to implement a full traceability programme on its compound feeds. This led to a move to the fledgling farm assurance movement in the wake of the BSE crisis. For the last 18 years he has been at the forefront of UK farm assurance with NSF (formerly CMi) and was the first scheme manager of the Assured Combinable Crops Scheme (now the Red Tractor Crops and Sugar Beet Scheme).
Reflecting on his new post, Mr Young says: “I am delighted to be joining SAI Global, the UK’s most established and well-known assurance provider as head of agriculture. I see this as a natural career move. I look forward to growing the business not only in the UK but overseas as well.
“I feel confident that the SAI Global brand will soon once again be the number one provider of farm assurance in the UK whilst continuing to meet the needs of not only our customers but our stakeholder partners as well. With it comes the all-important ongoing task to build and retain consumer confidence in the food chain through effective, valued certified and recognisable brands and kite marks. I look forward to being at the forefront of SAI as they drive to meet these market requirements.”
Anne Scorey, regional director EMEA at SAI Global, comments: “Bill’s recruitment underpins our commitment to building first class teams to deliver excellent service to our customers and partners. Bill brings a wealth of experience to SAI in the agriculture arena and we look forward to working with him to further build our position in this sector.”