NFU20: New team elected to steer union through Brexit

Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts has been elected NFU deputy president, ousting Guy Smith who served for six years as an NFU officeholder.

The NFU’s biennial officeholder elections – which also saw Minette Batters re-elected as union president for a further two years – took place following the NFU’s annual conference in Birmingham on Wednesday (26 February).

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Essex farmer Tom Bradshaw was elected NFU vice-president – the role that Mr Roberts previously held. Mr Bradshaw, who farms at Fordham, north of Colchester, was previously chairman of the NFU’s combinable crops board.

The changes mean a new top team will steer the NFU through the Brexit transition period and beyond – including the implementation of a new agricultural policy. Mrs Batters said: “The next two years are going to be absolutely full on – the next 12 months in particular.”

Getting Brexit right for farmers was vital, she added.

Paying tribute to Mr Smith, Mrs Batters said: “He has done a lot of heavy lifting for this organisation. He has always had membership in his DNA, in his heart, and he has been a good member of this team for six years. We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.”