New chief at Farm Crisis Network

FARM Crisis Network (FCN) has appointed Charles Smith as its new chief executive, taking over from the Reverend Sarah Brown.

FCN provides practical and pastoral support to farmers, and to farming families, in times of stress and difficulties, through its network of over 300 volunteers throughout England and Wales.

Over the last couple of years, FCN has expanded and developed its coverage to meet the increasing number of calls for help and support, which has resulted from the financial difficulties facing farmers and the incidence of bovine tuberculosis among beef and dairy cattle.

Mr Smith, who has until recently been managing director of the Challenger brand for AGCO, said: “I am very pleased to be joining such a strong team, dedicated to helping our farming friends through difficult times.

“FCN’s commitment to the provision of care and support to the farming community in times of need is impressive but can only continue thanks to the significant support provided by our volunteers and donations offered by our supporters.

“Under Sarah’s leadership, FCN has evolved into a very effective organisation, both in the service delivery and in FCN’s influence on policy makers. I will be striving to continue that good work in an effort to further alleviate the suffering and distress faced by many in our farming community.”