NFUS Focus on Policy, Regional and Commercial Affairs

NFU Scotland has re-focussed a number of key positions within head office to build on its policy and membership services and to look at new corporate and commercial opportunities for the Union.

NFU Scotland’s Head of Rural Policy Jonnie Hall will take on a new role as Director of Policy and Regions while Membership Director Alison Gillespie will become the Union’s Commercial and Operations Director.

The change in roles for both was announced by NFU Scotland’s Chief Executive Scott Walker as he addressed his first annual council meeting as CEO following his appointment in August.  The council meeting took place in Perth today (Tuesday, 1 November).

Mr Walker said:

“Bringing our policy and regional teams closer together will strengthen the links that ordinary grassroots members have with the secretaries, regional staff and the head office policy team.

“Whether we are helping an individual member with a specific problem or representing the industry on big picture things like CAP Reform, tighter teamwork and shorter chains of communication will ensure the relevant information flows more freely up and down the line.

“The information and support required by our members and the range of business interests they have continues to grow.  Those presents new opportunities to better represent our members in their particular supply chains as well as build on the corporate relationships that the Union already has to assist our members.  Being the lead agricultural organisation in Scotland also gives us the scope to look at new income streams for NFUS as a business. 

“Developing our policy and regional function and having a stronger corporate and commercial approach will stand the Union in good stead as we build towards our centenary celebrations in 2013.”

Notes to Editors

  •  NFU Scotland’s annual council meeting takes place today (Tuesday, 1 November 2011) in the Dewars Centre, Perth.


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006



Date Published:

News Article No.: 173/11

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