Robert Newbery – NFU Regional Director
Originally from Devon, where he grew up on the family dairy farm, Robert Newbery now lives in Warwickshire and became regional director in 2014 following a series of high profile industry jobs.
Rob believes there are many exciting opportunities ahead for farmers and growers but also many challenges including bovine tuberculosis, commodity prices, high speed rail and CAP to name just a few.
He said: “We need to work together to eliminate the barriers for farmers and growers in the West Midlands to help the industry compete in this challenging market environment.”
Tel: 01952 400500
Nigel Pearson – Midlands Membership Manager
Nigel Pearson was a top performing NFU business development manager and has carried that work ethic forward following the regional restructure at the end of 2012.He is now NFU membership manager with responsibility for NFU business development across both the West and East Midlands regions.
He works closely with county advisers, group secretaries, regional directors and the rest of the team to develop and deliver effective strategies for the retention, retrieval and recruitment of farmer and grower members.
Tel: 01952 409240
Oliver Cartwright – Communications Adviser
A former journalist with the Midland News Association, assigned to Shropshire Newspapers, Oliver was a senior reporter, chief reporter and news editor on weekly and daily titles.
He made the step into public relations in 2007 and is dedicated to ensuring the NFU and its members are well represented in the regional media.
Oliver is also the West Midlands’ regional editor of British, Farmer & Grower magazine, works on NFU campaigns and public facing events to promote the industry and show that Farming Delivers
Tel: 01952 409235
Sarah Faulkner – NFU regional policy manager (West Midlands and East Midlands)
Sarah was NFU West Midlands environment and rural affairs adviser for more than 15 years and was brought into the new position at a time of unprecedented change, challenge and opportunity for the union and its members.
A chartered surveyor and chartered environmentalist she will drive the union’s policy work forward in both the West and East Midlands to benefit members’ businesses.
She will work with the regional director on strategic policy work and members and colleagues on the wide range of issues that we currently face and that are on the horizon.
The County Adviser Team
Having county-based advisers on patch is a great benefit to farmers and growers and has helped to improve member connection.
The case for an effective and efficient regional operation remains strong but having advisers, dedicated to particular counties, out and about means a better, more dedicated service for members. County advisers, backed by the regional team, are helping the NFU connect with more grass roots farmers to ensure issues are recognised and that their comments and thoughts are heard.
Clare Greener, Herefordshire
The variety of agricultural and horticultural sectors throughout Herefordshire makes dedicating my time to county members hugely enjoyable. I have built solid, professional relationships with the county’s enthusiastic group secretaries and county officeholders and am working to benefit all members.
I enjoy working closely with members on individual issues and encouraging and enabling them to get involved with wider policy development.
I am dealing with a variety of sector issues on their behalf to ensure their thoughts are heard by those that make and influence policy.
Commodity board responsibilities: Regional horticulture and potatoes board and regional tenants’ group.
Tel: 01432 807464
Edward Garratt, Shropshire
The county has a proud NFU history, right from its very beginnings and today members still produce food, across the range, to the very highest quality.
Agriculture and horticulture faces many challenges and I am convinced that Shropshire farmers will rise to these challenges as you have to others in the past. I am here to support you, from the grass roots level up.
As we move forward together I hope to add real value to your membership and work with you all to bring a real benefit to your farm businesses.
Jeremy Lowe, Staffordshire
Having county advisers in post has been a really positive step, it has allowed me the opportunity to get out and meet more members in Staffordshire.
I have been able to listen to them about the varied issues they are facing and ensure the NFU continues to employ its resources to effectively work on their behalf across all sectors.
Staffordshire branch members helped lead #SOS Dairy and current sector campaigns; as regional policy adviser for dairy it was a privilege to work with members on this.
I’m only too aware that this particular fight and others are far from over and I will continue to support them and lobby to benefit the county and their businesses.
Commodity board responsibilities: Regional poultry board
Tel: 01952 409243
Emma Hamer, Worcestershire
Emma joined the NFU West Midlands team at the start of 2020 having previously worked for four years as NFU senior plant health adviser.
She has a small North Oxfordshire beef and arable farm, and before working for the NFU, ran the family farm shop and beef box scheme. She has also worked as a plant health and seeds inspector, as a plant breeder, crop inspector, licenced seed sampler.
Emma will take charge of the regional combinable crops board and looks forward to meeting farmers and growers at upcoming events and helping them with a variety of sector topics and business issues.
Commodity board responsibilities: Regional combinable crops board
Tel: 02476 017995
George Bostock, Warwickshire
As NFU assistant county adviser, George has vowed to make sure that sector issues are addressed and members’ voices heard.
He has worked for the NFU since August 2013 in a variety of roles and on secondment in the South West region, with the animal welfare team dealing with bTB.
He said: “This is a great opportunity and I’m really pleased to be working with Luke Ryder, meeting farmers and working with NFU members to benefit their businesses.
“I know what great and diverse farming counties Warwickshire and Worcestershire are and I believe that together we are up for the challenge.”
Commodity board responsibilities: Regional livestock board
Tel: 02476 858837
The Office Team
The team is ably supported by the office team of Ruth Wall, Suzanne Carey and Sam Bruckshaw and our hard working, dedicated group secretary network across the West Midlands.
Regional co-ordinator: Ruth Wall
Tel: 01952 400500
Administrator: Suzanne Carey
Tel: 01952 400500