A TIRELESS worker for a farmers’ group in the Harborough district has been recognised for his sterling efforts.
Harborough-based NFU group secretary Tom Shepherd was honoured with a High Achievers award during a ceremony at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel in the West Midlands.
And he was also presented with the new Director of Region’s award which acknowledges special effort.
The annual awards are given in recognition for outstanding achievement and excellence in NFU membership retention and recruitment.
Mr Shepherd, who works out of the Harborough office at The Point Business park in town, said: “I’ve been a group secretary for almost four years.
“I feel really proud – proud of myself and that I’m really lucky to have a branch which is full of really supportive people.
“I’ve really enjoyed the short time I’ve been a group secretary.
“The branch is very good because it looks to itself for answers.
“It’s been a difficult year for all farming sectors so all of the members in the Harborough branch have been affected in one way or another.
“For a lot of them it’s a worrying time but this is when being part of the NFU makes a real difference – they’ve got a support network.
“Winning the award does spur us on for the year ahead.”
The NFU’s East Midlands regional director Richard Hezlet was delighted that Tom had received not only the regional high achiever award, but the new Director of Region’s award too.
He said: “When you witness the breadth of what the Harborough NFU branch achieves it is most impressive.
“Whether discussing farming with MPs, inviting the public to farms, taking a group of farmers to Brussels to lobby MEPs, helping those who are struggling or getting high- quality speakers to come and discuss local matters, Harborough’s branch is second to none.
“WhileTom is an engagingly modest man, it was a just reward that he be awarded this prestigious trophy for he has been inspirational in forging such a progressive and young team in the Market Harborough office.”