Goodyear was chief executive of Young’s from 2003 to July 2016, at which point he became a non-executive director. He was succeeded as chief executive by Patrick Dardis.
Meantime Brewery's former CEO Nick Miller is set to join the Young's board as non-executive director on 4 April 2017. He held the role at Meantime from 2011 until March last year.
Miller was previously managing director of Miller Brands, the UK arm of SAB Miller.
Bryan said: “It has been a privilege to be chairman of Young’s during a period when the company has cemented itself as a leader in our sector.
“As a board, we have been planning carefully for my succession and, having overseen Patrick Dardis assume the CEO role last July, I feel that this year is the right time for me to stand down.
“There are few people with as much knowledge of, and passion for, our company and industry as Steve Goodyear. In the past seven months, he has adapted very effectively to a non-executive role and I am delighted that, with the full support of the board, he will be taking over as chairman. “
He praised Miller for his achievements at both Meantime and SAB Miller.
Dardis said: “Nick Bryan has played a very important part in guiding Young’s to where it is today. We are all very grateful for his contribution, especially for his leadership since 2011, and for the far-sighted manner in which he has overseen the board changes of the past year.
“With his intimate knowledge of Young’s, Steve will be a first-rate successor as chairman. I very much look forward to working with him in that new role and with Nick Miller when he joins us.”