Gary takes over National Farmers’ Union region
The National Farmers’ Union has chosen a new regional leader to succeed it current director who is off to start a new life in France.
Gary Ford will take over from Rachel Carrington and will be based at the organisation’s regional headquarters in Willie Snaith Road, in Newmarket.
He is from a farming background – his parents still farm in Worcestershire – and he has extensive experience in the agricultural industry, including 16 years with the NFU.
Mr Ford, 52, is currently the NFU’s chief poultry adviser and before he was appointed to that post in September 2013 he was the county adviser for Worcestershire and Warwickshire, working with members on key issues affecting the two counties.
He also worked as an NFU group secretary in Warwickshire and Staffordshire and in the commercial poultry sector.
“I’m incredibly proud to be taking up the role of regional director for the NFU in EastAnglia and I’m looking forward to working with members, colleagues and stakeholders,” he said.
“I’ve spent a lot of my time here, working with our poultry members, and I have a great affinity for the region, including taking my degree in agriculture at Writtle College in Essex.
“From its poultry businesses to salad, vegetable and arable production, there is a thriving farming industry here that has so much to offer the nation and I can’t wait to get started.”
Ms Carrington is leaving after more than 25 years working for the NFU, including leading the regional team in East Anglia for the past two years.
“I’m sad to be leaving a job that I have enjoyed, and I will miss the colleagues and members I’ve got to know well during my time with the NFU, but I am excited about starting a new life in France,” she said.
“I feel very privileged to have worked for the NFU and been involved with the industry for so long, helping members with the challenges and opportunities that they face.”
His start date in the new role will be announced shortly.
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