NFU appoints James Northen to newly-created role of head of sugar

Current chief sugar adviser Pamela Forbes, who will remain at the NFU to ensure a smooth transition

Current chief sugar adviser Pamela Forbes, who will remain at the NFU to ensure a smooth transition as this years negotiations with British Sugar continue

A former director at the Institute of Grocery Distribution and adviser to Arla Foods has been appointed to a newly-created role as head of sugar at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Dr James Northen, who joins later this month, replaces current chief sugar adviser Pamela Forbes, who remains at the NFU to ensure a smooth transition as this year’s negotiations with British Sugar continue. Dr Northen will work closely with the NFU Sugar board to shape the organisation’s policy in the sector.

NFU Sugar board chairman Michael Sly said: “James is extremely experienced in the food and drink sector and will be an excellent addition to the sugar team. As the industry begins to move forward without quotas and outside the European Union, James’ wealth of knowledge will be a valuable asset.”

Mrs Forbes was NFU East Anglia regional director for 16 years before taking up her current role in 2015.