NFU Scotland Appoints New Chief Executive
NFU Scotland has appointed James Withers as its new
Chief Executive. He will officially take up his post on Monday, 7
Withers has been with NFUS for eight years and has progressed through a
number of roles, starting as parliamentary adviser in 1999. He was head of
the Union's communications department for five years and has been deputy chief
executive since 2005.
He succeeds Andy Robertson who left NFUS in February this year after four
years as Chief Executive to take up a position with East Sussex Council.
Announcing the appointment, NFUS President Jim McLaren commented: "I am
delighted that, after what has been the most thorough and exhaustive selection
process I have ever been involved in, to announce the appointment of James
Withers to this vital role within NFUS and Scottish agriculture. He has my full
support and confidence, along with that of the Presidential Team and the NFUS
Board of Directors."
Commenting on his appointment, Withers announced: "I'm obviously delighted to
take up this role at what is a critical time for the whole industry. This
Union has made its name over nearly a century in providing a powerful voice for
the agricultural industry and rarely has it been more important for that voice
to be heard.
There is no escaping the pressures on some sectors at the moment; regulatory,
financial and animal health pressures are dominating NFUS work just now.
But there is also no escaping the opportunities that stem from a renewed passion
in this country for food and drink and the global trends which have thrust
farming back into the political and public limelight."
the latest pig news, subscribe here
To comment, login here
Or register to be able to comment.