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    Tuesday, 31 January 2017

    National Farmers’ Union Appoints New Head of Food & Farming


    Following the departure of the former head of the Nation Farmers’ Union, Phil Bucknell, in December of last year, the NFU has now announced his replacement. The role will be taken on by Philip Hambling, formerly of DEFRA and currently employed as Senior Agriculture Manager at supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.

    Hambling’s appointment comes at a time of substantial uncertainty for the National Farmers’ Union. Between Brexit and market depression, the industry looks set to face some serious challenges in the coming year, and it will be Hambling’s job to ensure that it does so with grace.

    Hambling will take on the position from mid-April 2017.

    In a recent NFU press release, Hambling spoke briefly of his new role:

    “The NFU has a hugely important and influential role to play in the development of agriculture and food chains at this time of significant challenge and potential opportunity for UK producers.

    “I particularly look forward to working with the NFU’s commodity boards, offering my experience of working in government, as well as with policymakers inside and outside commercial value chains, to help us shape and capture the best of those opportunities for UK farmers and growers.”

    As well as the aforementioned roles at Sainsbury’s and DEFRA, Hambling also brings with him invaluable experience stemming from his time as Group Agriculture and Procurement Manager at Randall Parker Foods and Food Policy Manager at the British Meat Processors' Association.


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