Join the NFU Dairy Board – apply to be an appointee member

12 April 2022

Dairy cows gathered outside a milking parlour

Join the NFU Dairy Board as an appointee and use your skills and knowledge to help the sector.

The NFU is looking for four dairy farmer members to join its national dairy board as appointee members. We are looking for active dairy farmers, who are forward-thinking with strong communication skills, to champion and represent the dairy sector.

Experience and understanding

Appointee members serve two-year terms and successful candidates will have:

  • Experience of dairy production.
  • Sound understanding of the policy and trade issues affecting the dairy industry.
  • Knowledge of the wider supply chain.
  • Interests in trade, animal health, climate change and productivity.
  • Knowledge of skills and training for the diary workforce.
  • Insights into retail, processing or consumers.
  • Willingness to connect with the wider NFU Dairy membership.

Six board meetings a year

Successful candidates will work alongside the national dairy board and will be expected to:

  • Attend six board meetings a year, either at NFU HQ in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, at an external location, or occasionally virtually. The first board meeting for appointees is on Wednesday 25 May 2022.
  • Attend supply chain, government and NFU meetings as a representative of the board.

Appointee members receive an honorarium, paid monthly, and reasonable expenses are reimbursed. Appointees are given a full induction and offered development and learning opportunities.

Key priorities

The NFU Dairy Board has a number of key priorities and work areas for the next two years. These include:

  • Calling for transparency and fairness in the supply chain, ensuring all within the chain remain profitable.
  • Building on our already world-leading standards to maintain our domestic market and champion British dairy produce abroad, in line with the NFU’s Dairy Export Strategy.
  • Working towards the NFU’s ambition for British farming to be net zero by 2040, in line with our Our Journey to Net Zero report. The dairy board believes that sustainable dairy production in the UK can contribute to meeting this ambition, while providing positive benefits to the environment

Apply now

Interested members should contact the NFU’s chief dairy adviser James Osman by emailing [email protected] with an up-to-date CV setting out your experience, skills, interests and a personal statement on what you would bring to the board.

Please mark your application with the words ‘Dairy Appointee’ in the subject line.

Closing date

Closing date for applications is Sunday 8 May at 11pm.

The interview date is Tuesday 17 May and will be held virtually.

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