Dr Chris Hartfield
Chris Hartfield’s career in the farming industry started in research, with six years spent working on the biocontrol of pest insects. He then spent four years working with farmers to deliver UK Government agri-environment schemes, before joining the National Farmers’ Union fifteen years ago. Most of his NFU career has been spent on horticultural policy, heading-up that team for two years. In 2017 Chris moved to join a new NFU plant health unit as senior regulatory affairs adviser, and also headed-up the NFU’s science and regulatory affairs team for a short while.
His work focusses on the regulatory process and its implications for availability and use of crop protection products, and the relationship with UK regulatory authorities, EU institutions and international regimes. Chris is the NFU policy lead on Brexit and pesticides, and on bee health and insect pollinators. He’s also a driving force behind the NFU’s new plant health strategy.