Richard Simpson, from the fifth-generation of Berwick-Upon-Tweed’s well-known malting family, is to become vice chairman of Simpsons Malt.
Having worked at 150-year-old independent company since 1998, Richard, 40, has held many positions there, most recently HR Director.
In his new role, he will continue to work with chairman Simon Simpson and managing director Tim McCreath on developing the company’s strategic direction.
“I am very much looking forward to supporting my colleagues as we drive this business forward in line with our company values,” Richard, pictured, said.
“Simpsons Malt has gone from strength to strength in the last 150 years and, with the backing of our stakeholders and shareholders, I relish the opportunity to play my part in its continued success.”
Simpsons provides premium malt to the brewing, distilling and food industries worldwide.
Its agricultural and trading arms, McCreath Simpson & Prentice and John Guthrie, procure in excess of 300,000 tonnes of barley each year from farming partners in Scotland and England.
Richard’s father and chairman, Simon Simpson, said: “It gives me great pride to see Richard take on the role of vice chairman. His understanding of the business, having worked man and boy at Simpsons Malt, and his excellent people skills will stand him in good stead.’’