The AIC has appointed Edward Barker as its new head of policy and external affairs, effective from September 1st. He succeeds Paul Rooke who left the trade association in March after 29 years’ service to become chief executive of the Coffee Association.

Mr Barker, from a Suffolk family farming background, studied politics at university and started his career in 2010 as a Parliamentary researcher. In 2012 he joined the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) as an agricultural adviser, moving into practical fam management and consultancy with Cheffins two year later. He took up his current role as senior policy adviser at the National Pig Association in July 2017.

“Ed will work closely with the AIC policy team, ensuring a robust and comprehensive delivery of policy in support of our members,” says AIC chief executive Robert Sheasby. “I know that Ed is looking forward to meeting as many members as he can during the course of his duties, once he has completed his induction process and the current Covid-19 curtailments have eased.”