Farmers' Union appoints new head of food and farming

Philip Hambling has been appointed head of food and farming for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU). 

Taking up the position in mid-April, he will be responsible for leading the union’s food chain and commodity areas.

Hambling will be joining the NFU at a critical time for the industry, as it negotiates trade post-Brexit and manoeuvres sustainable recovery from depressed markets.

“The NFU has a hugely important and influential role to play in the development of agriculture and food chains at this time of significant challenge and potential opportunity for UK producers,” said Hambling.

“I particularly look forward to working with the NFU’s commodity boards, offering my experience of working in government, as well as with policy-makers inside and outside commercial value chains, to help us shape and capture the best of those opportunities for UK farmers and growers.”

Currently employed as senior agriculture manager at Sainsbury’s, Hambling has previously worked at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and has been group agriculture and procurement manager at Randall Parker Foods and food policy manager at the British Meat Processors’ Association.

He will be replacing Phil Bicknell, who left the NFU in December 2016 to join the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

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