The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA has announced Ian Fozard of Rooster’s Brewery as its new national chairman.

Fozard, who has run Rooster’s brewery in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, since 2011, has been a SIBA board member for the past four years.

SIBA chief executive Mike Benner said: “Ian’s experience of the British pub and beer market, both in owning and running a successful pub company with Market Town Taverns and the hugely respected Rooster’s brewery, is a truly valuable asset to SIBA Members and his leadership and direction on issues such as the future of Small Breweries Relief and access-to-market could not come at a more important time. I would like to welcome Ian to the team and look forward to working closely with him to the benefit of our member businesses.”

Fozard said: “I am delighted to be elected Chairman of SIBA by my Board colleagues and am proud to have the trust of SIBA brewers from across the UK behind me. I hope to help guide SIBA and its members towards a successful, vibrant future for British independent craft beer at a time when there are threats and challenges coming from various directions. I intend to be open and approachable to all SIBA members. I believe that SIBA’s strength is in being a ‘Broad Church’ and will do everything in my power to retain this status, encouraging tolerance of different views and different brewing size and style.”