The new director general of the NFU is to be Terry Jones, who was most recently director general of the Provision Trade Federation. He takes up his new role in April 2016, replacing Andy Robertson who retired from the NFU in October 2015.
Mr Jones worked at the NFU from 2002 until 2011 when he left to join the Food and Drink Federation as director of communications.
“The farming industry is seeing a great many challenges and I firmly believe that Terry is the right person to lead the NFU,” comments NFU president Meurig Raymond. “Terry has always understood that members are the strength of the NFU and I am confident that the skill, passion and drive he will bring to the role will ensure we are in a very strong position, now and in the future.”
Mr Jones comments: “Looking to the road ahead, it is vital that this nationally important sector has a strong voice and I am delighted to be returning to the NFU at such a crucial time. I look forward to leading the organisation’s professional staff and working with its members to ensure that British agriculture thrives.”