She said: “I think the time is right to let someone else take over. Someone who has a different skills set to mine and can take the organisation in a different direction.”
Due to succession planning a new Chairperson is required to help drive the business forward. There is a strong team in place to help deliver the opportunity, so a focused and ambitious individual is required. The successful applicant would ideally have some pig industry knowledge, and ideally pose skills in communication, presentations, budgeting and food preparation.
“Maybe someone more social media savvy who is passionate about food and could produce innovative cooking videos or events that could reach out to a new audience.”
The members do this by producing fabulous recipes, going to events throughout the country, giving cookery demonstration’s and talks. They have extended their promotional campaigns to schools and colleges and have greater involvement in Education Days.
The mobile kitchen called “Rosie” is Lips branded and allows members to travel to shows and supermarkets all over the country in order to cook and serve pork recipes.
Sue said: “We travel to around 40 shows a year which can be anything from one to three days. Up to now we’ve found this is a great way to promote pork products directly to customers but maybe the new chair might have different ideas.
Having decided that now is the time to step aside Sue admits she is keen to help her successor settle in. She said: “I still want to volunteer with Ladies in Pigs and will of course help the new chair settle in in any way I can.”
Sue admits that the role can be challenging but is hugely rewarding.
She said: “It’s been a fantastic ten years, I have learnt so much and the industry has changed during that time in which I ordered and designed the new mobile kitchen as well as supplying copy for and helping to design the website.”
The chair’s role is varied and includes all aspects of admin as well as coordinating staff for events, attending Executive meetings twice a year and representing LIPS at other industry meetings such as the National Pig Association.
Sue said: “It is a very busy job but it is also completely flexible as long as the work gets done - you decide when you want to work so it would suit someone whose children had recently gone to senior school or left home, or even someone with younger children.
Without a new chair the organisation may have to fold Sue says
“No-one wants LIPS to disappear, not the members nor the pig industry. We need people to come forward – not just a chairperson but also new members who are keen and enthusiastic about coming along to help at events.”
“At LIPS we need members who like to engage with the public, but who also have pig industry knowledge and most importantly, are passionate about promoting British Pork.”
Ladies in Pigs currently attends more than 60 events throughout the year from Devon to Northumberland.
This year Sue and her team were also VIP guests at the Isle of Man annual food and farming event, giving demonstrations in their main marquee.
Sue admits that she has met a number of famous faces through her work with LIPS.
She said: “I’ve met James Martin, Rosemary Shrager and Adam Henson. I always say that at Ladies in Pigs “we work hard, but we also play hard” and have such a great time both working in the kitchen and spending time as a team.”
The Chairman’s position is currently being advertised and is expected to start from March 2018.
New members are also much needed and memberships costs just £10 a year with the opportunity to help at events and get paid which includes expenses and a meal allowance.
For more information about the position download the job specification, or to join LIPS view our Membership Page