Keith Bott, co-founder of Titanic Brewery, is to step down as chairman of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) next year.

His replacement will be announced following’s SIBA’s AGM in February. The new chairman will take over in March.

Writing in SIBA’s journal, Bott said: “For me, 2014 will see my retirement from front-line SIBA work, after 20 years on council (the last 1 as either your chairman or your president). Now it’s time to spend a little bit more time with my family and in my own business.”