NFU deputy president Stuart Roberts has announced that he will stand down at the union’s officeholder elections in February 2022.
Mr Roberts confirmed his decision in a letter to NFU council members last month. He said his time as an NFU officeholder had been equally demanding, rewarding, enjoyable and – at times – frustrating.
“As consumers and governments ask more of the people who feed our nation, I’m proud of the progress the NFU has made in telling farming’s story, highlighting water issues, celebrating diversity and inclusion and raising the profile of farmers’ mental health.”
The Hertfordshire farmer said he was less satisfied when it came to farming’s safety record.
“We are yet to see the fundamental culture shift needed to prevent the catastrophic injuries and loss of life we see every week in our industry. There are no shortcuts: we must redouble our efforts if we are to make impactful, long-term change.”
Thanking NFU members, Mr Roberts paid tribute to NFU president Minette Batters and vice president Tom Bradshaw. He added: “Exciting opportunities both personally and in my business have clarified that it is time to encourage others to step forward and lead.”
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