NFU Uplands Forum - could you be an appointee?

Thomas Binns standing by a gate

Above: NFU Uplands Forum chairman Thomas Binns

Uplands farmers are currently facing unprecedented times, with the transition period out of BPS presenting itself in the near future, current Countryside Stewardship schemes not being fit for purpose and many unknown factors around Defra’s new Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMS).

This, alongside the challenges all farmers are facing of helping to reduce green house gas emissions, slow climate change, produce safe and traceable food to some of the highest standards in the world. Navigating these issues will not be easy and there are no simple solutions – but we firmly believe that we should make opportunities from the opportunities to influence change.

We are looking to appoint some appointees who are forward-thinking uplands farmers to help champion the cause of the uplands sector and complement the balance of the existing range of skills and expertise from regional representatives.

In particular, we’re after candidates with knowledge or experience of business planning, agri-environment schemes, carbon capture, tree planting and productive business diversification.

Additional skills or an interest in animal health, livestock productivity, wildfires, blanket bog and data systems would be favourable, as well as a willingness to connect with the wider NFU membership. Applicants should be active beef or sheep producers with a good understanding of the sectors, be forward thinking and have strong communication skills.

Here's how to apply

Interested members should email Harriet Henrick, Livestock Adviser aGFycmlldC5oZW5yaWNrQG5mdS5vcmcudWs= with an up to date CV setting out your experience, skills, interests and personal statement on what you would bring to the board. You should clearly mark any correspondence, including your application with the word ‘Uplands Appointee’ in the subject line.

What you need to know

Successful candidates are appointed for two years and will be expected to attend four meetings a year, typically in our London office.

Attendance at other supply chain, government or NFU meetings as a representative of the forum could be required from time to time.

The closing date for all applications is Monday 14 September 2020 and candidates may be invited to an interview with the selection panel. If successful, the first forum meeting you would be required to attend will be in October. Interviews will take place virtually.

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  • Posted by: Linda BurrowsPosted on: 18/08/2020 13:53:58

    Comment: How pertinent to look for Upland farmer appointees to champion the sector, surprised they have to attend 4 meeting a year in London, I know people feel like its all up hill living there but cant remember any uplands in the London area, get a grip NFU we are all moving away from being London centric!
  • Posted by: NFU web teamPosted on: 19/08/2020 17:12:30

    Comment: Hi Linda, thanks for your comment. London is the location because currently it's the most easily accessible central location for all forum members. However, given the current circumstances we are meeting remotely and although London was the meeting place of choice this will be reviewed by those on the forum.