Holstein UK was born in 1999 from the merger of the Holstein Friesian Society and the British Holstein Society. The Society registers all Holstein and British Friesian cattle in the UK.
Melanie joined Holstein UK in 2017 as General Secretary and Chief Financial Officer. His pre-Holstein UK career spanned a range of sectors and disciplines, with extensive experience in the operational side of businesses, particularly the charity sector. She is a CIPFA Chartered Accountant with 30 years of accounting experience and specialist skills in public sector, education and charitable accounting.
Over the past five years, Melanie and Sue Cope have implemented a wide range of initiatives and processes to sustain the group and move it forward. Melanie will oversee the management of the Holstein UK group, which includes the Holstein UK charity and two subsidiaries, the Cattle Information Service (CIS) and the National Bovine Data Center (NBDC).
As well as working with the management teams, Melanie will help the board establish and implement the five-year strategy to ensure Holstein UK Group is at the forefront of the dairy industry through the provision of products, services and advice that inform and support the industry.
Michael Smale, President of Holstein UK, said: “On behalf of the directors, we are delighted that Melanie has accepted the role of CEO. Melanie’s experience in the workings of the business and the charitable sector is of paramount importance in ensuring the efficiency, advancement and competitiveness of the Holstein Group.
“This appointment continues the stability that has been brought to the group over the past five years and we are very confident that Melanie will achieve the strategic objectives.
Melanie Harmitt, President and CEO, added: “I am proud that the directors recognize the work that myself and Sue Cope have done to move the group forward. I am honored to have had the opportunity to continue Sue’s legacy and look forward to achieving the goals.
“I am passionate about aligning resources to provide the best possible services to members and clients and encouraging work across departments to provide a joint approach to service delivery.”