NFU officeholder elections 2022

Published 10 January 2022

Our national officeholder elections take place after our NFU Conference on 23 February 2022. The election results will be posted on this page shortly afterwards.

Read the candidates pre-hustings personal statements:

Hustings

Watch this year's nominees speeches from the virtual hustings events. 

Minette Batters

Position standing for: President

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Progress has been made in the last two years: government commitment to a global Seasonal Ag workers scheme, ELMS is now focused on sustainable farming and the Trade Agriculture Commission has become a statutory one, with powers in the Ag Act to report to Parliament. These wins and many others have been very hard fought by the NFU, but I know the next two years will be just as critical and we will need to continue to campaign for a better future, from education and rural crime to environment and climate friendly food.  Farming must connect with every section of society and across all political parties, fighting myths and misconceptions that threaten our industry.

My focus will be leading a team that fights for a new economic model for farming, driving profit back into the land by developing new environmental trades, and a fair return from supply chains.

Hear Minette Batters' hustings speech

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Thomas Bradshaw

Position standing for: Deputy President

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I’m the managing partner in our family farm which has changed enormously over the generations, what was a mixed farm is now focussed on arable contract farming, renewables and diversification.

I don’t look at this through rose-tinted spectacles and recognise the challenges of new trade and immigration policies and the implementation of a new agricultural policy.

We must focus on turning this pivotal time of change into opportunity.  We need to concentrate on domestic regulations to make sure they enable productive, profitable agriculture and that policies like Farming Rules for Water and the Clean Air Strategy don’t simply add cost.

Profitability is at the heart of sustainability.  Whether it be food production or environmental markets we need all parties to recognise the importance of fair returns. 

I would be honoured to represent the membership and build on the last 2 years work if elected deputy president.

Hear Tom Bradshaw's hustings speech

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John Davies

Position standing for: Deputy President and Vice President

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Having served as NFU Cymru President, I believe I can deliver for NFU members at a time when teamwork both within the Union and across our industry is critical. 

I’ve provided strong leadership, delivering key outcomes for Welsh farming such as securing future agricultural budgets and robustly challenging Welsh Government on NVZ legislation.

A passionate advocate of farming and food production, I’ve been heavily involved in the NFU net zero work.  Whilst climate change is the challenge of our generation, I believe we are uniquely placed to provide many of the solutions.

My family farming values and lifelong involvement in the Young Farmers Movement mean I’m an ardent believer in the importance of enthusing, encouraging and embracing future generations of British farmers. We need a profitable farming policy across the UK that recognises the higher regulatory burden and delivers our ambition to be the World’s most climate friendly food producers. 

Hear John Davies' hustings speech

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Thomas Wornham

Position standing for: Vice President

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During the last two calamitous years, farmers have kept our nation fed; we have enhanced the variety and beauty of the landscape for all to enjoy. Conversely, our air, soil and water are being ravished. It is this conundrum I wish to grapple, if elected as vice-president.

During 12 years of adventure with the NFU, I’ve worked to redress this disparity; reducing rodenticide use, promoting insect production and attended the opening of two Agricultural Centres of Excellence. I believe farming must; build relationships across industries, incorporate social sustainability and develop technological solutions, such that food production can work harmoniously with nature, creating a robust, profitable food system fit for the twenty-first century.

My family’s fourth generation arable enterprise utilises countryside stewardship to improve water quality and tree planting, while our broiler chicken enterprise relies upon solar panels and biomass boilers, contributing to sustainable agro-food production and the nation’s food security.

Hear Thomas Wornham's hustings speech

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David Exwood

Position standing for: Vice President

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The future of farming isn't about managed decline and dependence on environmental payments, it's about creating new opportunities for profitable food production alongside net zero and biodiversity. As a first generation beef, sheep and arable farmer over 1000 tenanted hectares with a thriving farm shop I understand the agriculture industry from all sides and how we can achieve this. I have wide experience in Parliament and the media and I'm well placed to represent agriculture outside our industry. 

Working at the heart of the NFU as a Regional Chair and on Governance Board, I understand the organisation and how it can help farming businesses at a time when the demands on farmers and the NFU are going to be greater than ever. Supporting the President and Deputy is vital and I'm standing for Vice President to be part of a strong team that will deliver for agriculture.

Hear David Exwood's hustings speech

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