NFU leadership change

The heads of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) have indicated that they will be stepping down within two years.

In a statement to the NFU council, NFU director general Kevin Roberts said he would be leaving his post in 2013, while NFU president Peter Kendall said it was likely that he would step down in 2014.

The NFU announced on Tuesday (27 March) that it had elected a new national livestock board. Charles Sercombe from near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, has been elected as chairman, replacing Alistair Mackintosh who is stepping down after six years on the board. Bill Mellor from Cheshire has been voted into the post of vice-chairman.

Sercombe said: “I am delighted to have been elected chairman of the NFU’s national livestock board and I very much look forward to building on the work done by my predecessor.

“I aim to be open, inclusive and encourage debate within the livestock sector as well as strengthening relationships across the supply chain. I also believe it’s important to improve our communication, especially through social media, to encourage the next generation of farmers to become more involved.

“The livestock board now has a number of new faces and this, together with the experienced members, means we have a strong mix going forward to look at some of the big challenges that face us currently, such as CAP reform, bTB, sheep EID and animal health and welfare.”

The NFU is now advertising for an additional four livestock board members.

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