Join the NFU’s national commodity boards as a regional representative

06 February 2024

NFU Livestock and Dairy boards in a meeting

We’re seeking applications for regional appointments to the NFU’s National Livestock, Crops and Dairy Boards from each of the regions – East, Midlands, North and South. Find out how to apply.

If you are a forward-thinking producer/ businessperson and a ‘Farmer and Grower’ NFU member, with the drive and passion to make a difference to the supply chain and government policy, get in touch.

You will sit alongside the elected chairs of your respective regional commodity board, on the national board, to represent the views and interests of livestock, crops or dairy producers in your region.

Useful skills and experience include:

  • Understanding or experience of working in the supply chain.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A particular interest in a niche or specialist area of production – such as organic, regenerative production or a specific market sector, or environment, tenant or next generation issues.
  • A good network of contacts in your sector amongst producers and/or up and down the supply chain.
  • Politically astute

What to expect

Board agendas are wide ranging and potential applicants must demonstrate a sound understanding of the policy and trade issues affecting your sector, as well as a willingness to connect with the wider NFU membership.

This is an exciting opportunity to help influence the future direction of agri-policy and politics, and directly engage with government and the wider supply chain on behalf of your sector at this pivotal time for the industry.

Successful candidates are appointed for two years and will be expected to attend six national commodity board meetings a year, typically at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire or our London office, and to participate in regional board meetings. Attendance at other supply chain, government or NFU meetings as a representative of the board may be required from time to time.

As a member of a national commodity board, you will receive an honorarium, paid monthly, and reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

How to apply

Interested members can download an application form using the links below for each respective region.

You can also request an application form to be sent to you if you contact your regional office. Contact details can be found on our offices page.

You will need to supply a CV setting out your skills and experience. You will also need to get your nomination endorsed with the signatures of 20 farmer and grower members who support your application. Mark any correspondence with your region (East, Midlands, North or South) and sector (Livestock, Crops or Dairy).

The closing date for all applications is 1 March 2024 and candidates may be invited to an interview with the selection panel. If successful, the first board meeting you would be required to attend will be the week commencing 18 March 2024.

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