Mike Benner is to step down as chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) after five years in the role.

In a statement he said: “I am sad to be leaving a great organisation and an industry that I have worked in for many years, but equally I am excited about the opportunity to step into a new role in a different sector.

“SIBA continues to be an essential voice for independent craft brewers facing regulatory and market access challenges and I am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength. We have a highly committed and capable team of people and it has been a real pleasure to work with them.”

Ian Fozard, chairman of SIBA, said: “Mike has led SIBA through unprecedented challenges over the last few years and I thank him for his vision, leadership and determination. I wish him all the best in his future role.”

Benner takes up his new post as chief executive of APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, from July 1.
SIBA has begun the process of seeking a new chief executive. 

SIBA was established in 1980 to represent the interests of independent breweries in Britain. It currently represents around 830 independent craft breweries in the press and in lobbying government on behalf of brewers. It also runs regional and national independent beer awards for cask, keg, bottled and canned beers.