Von Westenholz named as NFU Brexit Unit head

The NFU has appointed former Crop Protection Association chief executive Nick von Westenholz as Director of EU Exit and International Trade.

Image: CPA
Image: CPA

His job will be "to ensure the NFU has a co-ordinated and constant presence in its Brexit conversations with government in the crucial months ahead", the union said.

The move forms part of the NFU's strategy to refocus and strengthen its government and external affairs teams in London in the wake of the EU referendum result.

NFU director general Terry Jones said: "We have made no secret of our determination to seize the opportunities offered by the forthcoming Brexit deals to ensure that British farming has a profitable and productive future and is able to seize and capitalise on new opportunities.

"In the coming weeks and months ahead it is essential that food and farming is front and centre of any talks about the UK's relationship with Europe and the rest of the world, and I am delighted Nick von Westenholz is re-joining the NFU to lead the new and strategically important Brexit team to ensure the voice of farming is at the heart of policy and decision-making in these crucial talks."

Nick von Westenholz is a trained barrister who also previously worked as the NFU's head of government affairs.

He said: "While Brexit presents clear challenges to UK farming in the coming years, if we get it right it offers the prospect of an exciting future, both to the benefit of domestic food production and our precious natural environment.

"The NFU has shown a strong intent to be on the front foot in getting the best out of Brexit for British farmers and I'm immensely excited about stepping up to that task on behalf of the NFU's members."


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