THE NFU’s chief poultry adviser has said he will miss working with the ‘fantastic’ poultry industry after accepting a promotion to become the union’s regional director for East Anglia.

Mr Ford has led the NFU’s poultry team since September 2013, having served as county adviser for Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

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He has also held positions in the commercial poultry sector, as well as working as an NFU group secretary in Warwickshire and Staffordshire.

“I’m incredibly pleased to be taking up the role of regional director for the NFU in East Anglia, and I’m looking forward to a new challenge,” Mr Ford said.

“In my current role, I’ve spent a lot of my time in the East working with our poultry members, and I have a great affinity for the region, including taking my degree in agriculture at Writtle College.

“From its poultry businesses to salad, vegetable and arable production, there is a thriving farming industry here that has so much to offer the nation, and I can’t wait to get started.

“Of course, I will miss working with the fantastic poultry industry we have in this country on a daily basis, but as I know well, there is a real foundation of poultry businesses in the region that I will continue to represent and keep in contact with.

“I also want to thank the support of the NFU national poultry board and the wider membership since I took on the role in 2013.”

Gary succeeds Rachel Carrington, who is leaving the NFU to start a new life in France. His start date in the new role will be announced shortly, the union said.