A new face at the NPA

The NPA has today welcomed a new member of staff, who arrives with a background in pig farming and policy.

Charlie Dewhirst is part of a pig farming family, near Driffield, in East Yorkshire, and has had an extensive career working in policy and public affairs across a variety of sectors.

His most recent roles have focused on policy in sport, working in cycling, rugby union and the Olympics.

Prior to that, he worked in parliament and then at a global communications agency with a varied client portfolio. During his time there, he helped to coordinated a successful campaign which led to the introduction of the Groceries Code Adjudicator with the support of organisations such as the NFU.

Charlie replaces Ed Barker, who took up a role at the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) in September, and will be covering, among other things, the key issues of EU Exit, trade and parliamentary affairs.

Charlie said: “This is a really exciting time to be joining the NPA and I can’t wait to get started. I am joining a fantastic team and I look forward to helping the pig industry navigate the big challenges and opportunities ahead.”

NPA chief executive Zoe Davies said: “A big welcome to Charlie from all of us. We are very pleased that he has joined the NPA and I know that his knowledge of the sector, combined with his policy background will be a big asset to the association and all our members.

“At a very busy time for the NPA, it is great to see the team back up to full strength.”

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Editor of LBM titles Pig World and Farm Business and group editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer. National Pig Association's webmaster. Previously political editor at Farmers Guardian for many years and also worked Farmers Weekly. Occasional farming media pundit. Brought up on a Leicestershire farm, now work from a shed in the garden in Oxfordshire. Big fan of Leicester City and Leicester Tigers. Occasional cricketer.