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First Milk appoint former Food & Farming Minister Sir Jim Paice as new chairman

Dairy farmer co-operative First Milk today (13 August) announces the appointment of Sir Jim Paice MP, formerly Agriculture & Food Minister as the new chairman of the company. He will take up the position on 31 October when current chairman Bill Mustoe steps down at the company’s AGM.

Sir Jim is currently Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire, a position he has held since 1987. During his Parliamentary career, he has held a number of ministerial and shadow ministerial positions, most recently he served as Minister of State for Agriculture & Food in the Coalition Government from 2010 – 12.

First Milk chairman Bill Mustoe commented,

“We are delighted to have recruited Jim and I am convinced that he will bring valuable skills to First Milk.

“From our meetings with him, he has demonstrated a detailed understanding of the dairy sector, very strong communication skills and a considerable network of contacts. Equally importantly for our farmer members, Jim has a deep understanding and empathy for farming.

“As a former Minister of State responsible for Agriculture & Food and Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Rural Affairs for six years prior to that, he brings considerable knowledge and experience of not only the domestic market, but also the international dynamics of the dairy industry.

“He has been a champion for farmers at Westminster for over 25 years and we now look forward to him being a champion for First Milk farmers.”

Sir Jim Paice added,

“I feel privileged to be invited to lead the largest dairy business owned by British farmers.

“Having worked for a farmer owned business before I became an MP, and from being Minister, I have always believed that farmers should work together to influence their own destiny.

“The dairy sector has gone through difficult times recently but I have long believed there is a good future for British dairy farmers and I look forward to helping to achieve it”.


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