Job title: National specialist (water resources)
Food security goes hand-in-hand with water security and Paul’s role is recognition of the challenges facing farmers and growers as they seek a fair share of water for food production. Paul has worked for the NFU for more than 30 years. He had many years’ experience of water issues as environmental policy adviser for the NFU in East Anglia, before taking on his new position in November 2012. Paul says that, as well as weather-related issues, farmers are also facing long-term changes to both licences and the cost of water. “There are no easy answers, but it is clear that we need to work in partnership with all those who have an interest in water. The NFU is playing a leading role in a group of food and farming organisations – the Water for Food group – trying to identify solutions for the farming sector and for individual businesses,” he said.