The NFU Sugar Team L-R from front: Charlie Parkin, Greg Brighouse, James Northen and Arthur Marshall.
Dr James Northen
Head of Sugar
James joined took over the leadership of the NFU Sugar team in early 2017. He is a former director at the Institute of Grocery Distribution and adviser to Arla Foods and the Food Ethics Council. He works closely with the NFU Sugar board to shape the organisation’s policy and plays a crucial role in price negotiations.
Beet Intake Manager
Originally from a farming family in Cheshire, Greg is bringing with him over 30 years’ experience from the food manufacturing industry covering quality, technical and operational roles in a number of countries worldwide. Greg now has taken on the responsibility for reception and beet intake. This also includes recruiting and managing the seasonal staff who look after the growers' interests in the four factories and central Tarehouse. Greg and his team are responsible for ensuring that grower’s deliveries of beet are handled in accordance with the approved procedures agreed between the NFU Sugar team and British Sugar.
Charlie works with the wider NFU policy and sector teams to ensure that sugar is represented in cross-sector policy consultations impacting the future of the industry. The role also extends to public affairs and communications, working closely with the wider industry to ensure that sugar growers interests are heard by government. Living on an arable farm in Yorkshire, prior to joining the sugar team, Charlie was on the NFU agricultural policy graduate scheme.
Arthur leads on the analysis of markets, associated regulations, policies and agreements and provides and communicates financial and market analysis to support commercial negotiations. The role is a key part of the NFU Sugar negotiating team, ensuring they have the evidence and confidence to support their positions. The Commercial Analyst also provides the NFU Sugar team, board and growers with analysis of market conditions, and leads on the effective application of and development of policies and regulations, including those related to the commercial relationship between NFU Sugar and the sole UK processor of sugar beet British Sugar.