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).
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.”