8 January 2002
Gill set for re-election

By FWi staff

BEN GILL looks set to be re-elected for another two-year term as president of the National Farmers Union at the organisations AGM in February.

The deadline for nominations for the positions of NFU president, deputy president, vice president and treasurer passed on Tuesday (8 January).

Mr Gill has been nominated for the role of president, along with the current deputy president Tim Bennett and vice-president Michael Paske.

But both Mr Bennet and Mr Paske have said they will not challenge for the leadership, leaving the path open for Mr Gill to be returned to office for the third time.

Other office-holder jobs are likely to be more fiercely contested.

Nominations for deputy president include outspoken Devon farmer Richard Haddock, Norfolk farmer and journalist Marie Skinner and Leicestershire grower Rad Thomas.

All except Marie Skinner are also up for the role of vice-president, along with Adam Quinney from Worcestershire and Meurig Raymond from Pembrokeshire.

Other contenders for the post of vice-president are Michael Seals from Derbyshire, Marcus Themans from Shropshire and Kent arable farmer Jonathan Tipples.

Mr Bennett and Mr Paske have also been nominated for both deputy and vice president positions.

Surrey farmer Michael Lambert, Cumbrian hill farmer Peter Allen and NFU Cymru Wales president Hugh Richards will battle it out for the position of treasurer.

Candidates will be elected on the last day of the unions annual conference by members of the NFU council.