Who wears what hat, when and why?

30 Nov

The following is an intriguing comments has been placed today on the blog of Councillor Claire Wright under the heading of the post “Business forum aims to influence chief exec over investigation” by a Mr Damien Mills who wrote:

I notice that the latest minutes of the East Devon Business Forum [EDBF] continue to list Graham Brown as a representative of the National Farmers’ Union [NFU].  Curious as to how Mr Brown had received this mandate, as well as the mechanisms in place to ensure he routinely voices the concerns of his fellow NFU members, I contacted the NFU for clarification.  Suffice to say, thus far, almost a month on from my initial inquiry, it has been unable to provide an answer to either of these apparently straight-forward questions.

If, as one might now assume, Mr Brown has no mandate from the NFU then how is can it be that for at least the past eight years – see link here– he has been listed as representing this organisation on the EDBF?!

Moreover, if Mr Brown isn’t, after all, representing the NFU then who, exactly, is he speaking for at the EDBF?!

Councillor Brown, never backwards at coming forwards, will no doubt put this matter straight.

5 Responses to “Who wears what hat, when and why?”

  1. Not a Developer November 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I’m a member of the National Trust but I doubt I could go to a meeting and chair it saying I was its representative! Same with any other organisation of which I am a simple member and not serving in any official capacity.

    Perhaps we should be checking the credentials of ALL members of EDBF for their mandate to represent the people they say they are representing!

  2. Medusa November 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    It will be very interesting to see how he gets out of this one! I presume the EDDC investigation being done by Mr Troman will investigate this amongst other things.

  3. Tony Green November 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    NFU South West spokesman Ian Johnson said today that he had “never heard” of Graham Brown! Enquiries continue……..

    • Richard T November 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Perhaps we should write to Graham Brown, asking him to let us know his credentials and authority for claiming that he is the NFU rep.

  4. Not A Developer November 30, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Curiouser and curiouser. I wonder what the NFU thinks? I do hope he has been paying his annual subscription this last 8 or so years and attending local, regional and national meetings briefing them on what he has been doing on their behalf, as he has been SO busy in their name.

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