The NFU has announced that Nick von Westenholz has been appointed as director of its newly-created Brexit department.
Mr von Westenholz will be making the move from his current role as chief executive of the Crop Protection Association, but he is no stranger to the NFU, having worked for the organisation previously as its head of government affairs.
He said: “I’m delighted to be taking up this new post at the NFU at such a critical time for UK agriculture. 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.”
NFU Director General Terry Jones added: “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.
“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.”