Former NFMFT director John Fuller passes away

Tributes have been paid to former National Federation of Meat and Food Traders (NFMFT) director John Fuller who has died at the age of 76. 

Fuller joined the then National Federation of Meat Traders as general secretary in 1973 at the age of 33, taking over from Ken Forde. He trained as a civil servant before joining the City of London Corporation as assistant to the superintendent of Smithfield Market at the time, Douglas Noakes.

During his tenure, he moved the Federation’s offices from Redhill to Tunbridge Wells, guided it through the complexities of public scrutiny over artificial hormone implants, consumer concerns about saturated and non-saturated fats, the rise of vegetarianism, Sunday Trading laws, the Chernobyl disaster that threatened the future of the lamb trade, and BSE. He retired as director of the Federation in 1999.

Current NFMFT chief executive Roger Kelsey said: “John had total professionalism, great personal charm, utmost integrity, a firm businesslike manner and a ‘belt n’ braces’ approach. His individual persona, gravitas and stature enhanced the Federation’s position with industry partners, UK Government departments, and the Federation’s European counterparts when it joined the International Butchers Confederation in 1992.”

Federation executive member John Taylor said: “He was the most wonderful man, meticulous in his work, in handling people and a thorough gentleman. He worked tirelessly for the Federation.”

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