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New Chief Executive for NFU Scotland

by 5m Editor
31 March 2008, at 8:48am

UK - NFU Scotland has appointed James Withers as its new Chief Executive. James has been with NFUS for eight years and has progressed through a number of roles, starting as parliamentary adviser in 1999. He has headed up the Union’s Communications Department for five years and has been Deputy Chief Executive since 2005.

James succeeds Andy Robertson who left NFUS in February after four years as Chief Executive to take up a position with East Sussex Council.

James will officially take up post on Monday 7 April.

Announcing the appointment, NFUS President Jim McLaren said:

“I am delighted that, after what has been the most thorough and exhaustive selection process I have ever been involved in, to announce the appointment of James Withers to this vital role within NFUS and Scottish agriculture.

“Some commentators may wonder why the process was required at all, when the successful candidate was sitting in the same office. In order for the new Chief Executive, whoever he or she had turned out to be, to have credibility and a clear mandate, it was essential that he or she was the best of the best from a field of over 30 candidates from the UK and beyond.

“James Withers is that person, and he has my full support and confidence, along with that of the Presidential Team and the NFUS Board of Directors.”

5m Editor