New director for Welsh farmers’ union

The Welsh National Farmers’ Union (NFU Cymru) has appointed a new director at a time when representation of its members has “never been more important”.

John Mercer, who has been with the NFU since 2004 as a policy advisor, will take over from Mary James as director in the autumn. The transition comes as the NFU and other farming bodies are urging more to be done to tackle falling beef prices.

Mercer explained: “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Wales at a time when representation of NFU Cymru members has never been more important. I look forward to leading a team that I know is totally committed to looking after the interests of our members.”

Mercer’s experience at the NFU makes him a good candidate for the role, according to Stephen James, president of NFU Cymru. “I am delighted to confirm that John Mercer will be returning to Wales as the new director of NFU Cymru. John has worked his way up through the ranks of the NFU over recent years. I’m sure his knowledge and experience, including his farming background in Carmarthenshire, will ensure that NFU Cymru goes forward from strength to strength.”

Andy Robertson, director general of the NFU, added: “John’s appointment is a key one within the overall NFU structure and, in particular, his leadership will ensure that NFU Cymru’s service and representation on behalf of its members will continue to be of the highest quality. Mary will retire in September and we wish her well.”

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