THE NFU has appointed Aimee Mahony as its new chief poultry adviser, replacing Gary Ford who has moved to the post of regional director for East Anglia at the union.

Ms Mahony has served as poultry adviser for the NFU since 2016, having joined the union a week after the EU referendum.

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Before joining the NFU, she spent four years working in the poultry industry, holding a range of roles within egg packer Noble Foods.

She started as a graduate trainee manager in the firm’s contract supplies team, and in January 2013 became an auditor.

At the beginning of 2015, Aimee was appointed regional manager for East Anglia, responsible for 35 contract egg producers and more than half a million laying hens.

Since joining the NFU, she has led on the union’s seasonal turkey campaign, the popular NFU Poultry Industry Programme as well as working alongside the national poultry board, lobbying government and representing the poultry industry.

She graduated from Harper Adams in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and is finishing an MSc in Intensive Livestock and Production at the Royal Veterinary College.

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Ms Mahony said: “I’m delighted to be taking the reigns on this exciting role and eager to begin work to steer the focus and leadership in the poultry sector at such a critical time.

“My first task will be to begin recruiting my own successor, and I look forward to welcoming a new face to the poultry team in the coming weeks.”

She started the role on 13 July.