Stuart Roberts

Stuart Roberts

NFU Deputy President
Sourcing local and supporting British Farming

By their own admission the NFU have not spent enough time talking directly to hospital caterers and indeed the wider public sector.  

Stuart will tell us about the work of British farmers, how they can and want to support hospital caterers and ask the question of the forum delegates - "What do you need from food producers and how can we work better together?"

About: 

Stuart farms 120 hectares in Hertfordshire in partnership with his wife.  A third generation arable and livestock farmer at Hammonds End Farm, Harpenden, Stuart has also worked for Defra and the Food Standards Agency and held senior management roles within the meat supply chain.
The farm incorporates around 100 hectares of combinable crops supplying grain to more than 50 artisan mills and bakers throughout the UK.  The remaining land is predominately permanent pasture and a small amount of woodland.  The farm includes a small pedigree Hereford herd and a flock of Lleyn Sheep.  The business also includes a flock of laying hens.
Stuart was elected to the post of NFU Deputy President in February 2020 after serving two years as Vice President.  He previously chaired the NFU Hertfordshire branch and served on both the East Anglian livestock and combinable crops board.  Stuart has also previously served on the boards of Red Tractor and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
Stuart has a daughter and three sons and enjoys cycling and running (slowly).