Siân Davies has been appointed chief dairy adviser at the NFU, replacing Rob Newbery who was promoted to director of the West Midlands region during the summer.

The appointment of Davies follows a number of other high profile staff announcements in recent weeks, with John Royle named chief livestock adviser, and Phil Bicknell appointed head of food and farming.

Davies takes on one of the NFU’s highest-profile roles following three and a half years of working in the union’s Brussels office as European policy adviser, where she followed all UK and EU developments on livestock, dairy, cereals, rural development and seeds policy.

She was brought up on a livestock farm in West Wales and first joined the NFU in 2009 as a dairy adviser.

The NFU also recently named Andrew Clark as its new director of policy, managing its multi-disciplinary commodity, policy, legal and food chain teams, and appointed Andrea Graham as head of policy services in August.