Grain co-operative Openfield has appointed Philip Moody as group chairman. 

The board of directors voted unanimously that Moody should succeed Richard Beldam, who has decided to retire from the role after nearly 20 years.

Moody is chairman of Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance and has served as a non-executive director of Openfield and its predecessor companies since 1991.

He also serves as a non-executive director or chairman to several other companies in the food supply chain and is responsible for introducing Centaur Grain (now Openfield) to Warburtons to promote a direct grain supply arrangement.

James Dallas, Openfield chief executive officer, said: “Philip has been instrumental in helping to create the business we have today. His talent for strategic planning and deep understanding of supply chains across the food industry will be vital to ensuring its future success.”