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Sarah Percy-Davis, LAPADA's chief executive, says: "Lord Howe has been chairman since 1999 and has been a great source of support to the association. Bringing with him invaluable experience and knowledge of both business and politics, he has helped us face the changes of a rapidly changing international marketplace, as well as ensuring views of the trade are noted in Westminster and Brussels."

LAPADA hope to announce Lord Howe's successor later in the summer.