President Peter Kendall said: "I am extremely sorry to lose Paul from the officeholder team but understand and respect his decision. I would like to thank him profusely for the work he has carried out on behalf of the NFU."
Sarah Pettitt has been elected chairman of the NFU's horticulture board, replacing Norfolk farmer Richard Hirst (see p23). Petitt has been vice-chairman for the past four years and is a Lincolnshire-based grower of field vegetables.
The NFU horticulture board has also appointed a new vice-chairman, Gary Taylor, from Nazeing in Essex, who grows sweet peppers at Valley Grown Salads.