Leech, who took on the role in 2005, said she was “incredibly proud” of what the FDF had achieved during the last nine years.
“With the support of five great presidents and many individuals from member companies, plus a dedicated, expert and hard-working executive team we have made a real difference for food and drink manufacturing and driven the agenda through initiatives such as our five-fold environmental ambition, our 2020 growth vision and our ingredients for success,” she claimed.
Richard Evans, FDF president, said she had made a significant contribution to furthering the industry’s interests during her time at the FDF.
“She has been responsible for a number of key campaigns and worked tirelessly to make sure members are well represented in the key debates affecting our sector,” he said.
“She is highly regarded both by members and our stakeholders and has been a huge support to me and my predecessors in the role of president. We wish her well for her new role.”
The FDF has now commenced the search for a new director general.