He explained that his wife and he had a long-term plan to retire at the end of the year. "It's just time for the next phase of life while we are reasonably fit and compos mentis."
Rossides has been with the BMPA for six years, and has worked alongside the industry for several more.
"I started my working life at the Economist Intelligence Unit, then worked in various roles at the NFU [National Farmers' Union] for over 20 years before working at the Meat & Livestock Commission [AHDB], and then coming to the BMPA in late 2009," he said.
"So I've been around the agriculture and meat and livestock industry for over 30 years."
The BMPA represents all sizes of meat processing businesses, from smaller abattoirs catering to local customers to large consumer brand owners. The organisation prides itself on demonstrating diversity within the industry, including representing a range of meat species and foods.
Rossides said that he had no firm plans upon his retirement, although "lots of walking, travelling and, hopefully, some sailing" were in the pipeline.