Federated Farmers chief steps down

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014

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Federated Farmers chief executive Conor English has resigned.

English, who will stay in the position until July, said he had decided it was time to move on after a good Christmas break and take up other opportunities after nearly six years in the role.

"I grew up in a household that talked a lot about the three ‘P's' - the Prime Minister, the Pope and the President of Federated Farmers.

"It has been a great privilege for me to lead this organisation in the capacity of CEO and to serve our fantastic farmers and rural community."

Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills said the federation had reluctantly accepted his resignation and appreciates the six months notice of his departure he had given to allow a smooth transition to find a new chief executive.

"Conor has achieved much in his time as CEO and we will miss his energy, talent, skill and experience.

"This year is a big year for Federated Farmers with both our own internal board elections and of course the general election.''

Wills said it would be business as usual until he left and the federation would mark the occasion closer to his departure.

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