27 January 2000
The 2000 NFU Officeholders’ Election
By FWi staff
THE first officeholders election of the new millennium is the first time a sitting president of the NFU has seen his post challenged.
Yorkshire farmer Ben Gill will stand again for the position of NFU President in the elections which take place on Wednesday (2 February).
He will be challenged by deputy president Tony Pexton, a long-serving and respected farmer from the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Richard Haddock, the former NFU Devon County Chairman, withdrew his candidacy just before the election after being nominated by south-west farmers.
Mr Pexton and Mr Haddock have also been nominated for the deputy president, as has the NFUs other deputy president, Welsh farmer Tim Bennett.
The new position of vice president will be decided between Mr Bennett, Mr Pexton, Richard Haddock, Rad Thomas and Richard Watson Jones.
David Quayle, the current NFU treasurer who farms in Cumbria, is standing down after six years in the post. Four nominations were received for his post.
They are: Michael Lambert, from Surrey, John Lampitt of Warwickshire, Nottinghamshires Peter Limb and Adrian Peck of Cambridgeshire.
The NFU Council – the organisations governing body – will elect the officeholders through a paper ballot.