Former Sainsbury’s manager appointed chief of NFU food and farming

The national farmers Union (NFU) gets its new chief for its food and farming business from Sainsbury’s.  Philip Hambling has been appointed as the new boss of food and farming at a critical point in time, where the depressed markets and Brexit has been suffocating the food and farming sector in the country. He will join NFU in April, at the time for the commodity boards.

On his role at the NFU, Mr Hambling said: “The NFU has a hugely important and influential role to play in the development of agriculture and food chains at this time of significant challenge and potential opportunity for UK producers.  “I particularly look forward to working with the NFU’s commodity boards, offering my experience of working in government, as well as with policymakers inside and outside commercial value chains, to help us shape and capture the best of those opportunities for UK farmers and growers”.

Mr Hambling was working as the senior agriculture manager at Sainsbury’s. He will replace Phil Bicknell, who left NFU last year to join the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Mr Hambling previously held various managerial positions in Randall Parker Foods and the British Meat Processors’ Association.