George Dunn Completes 5 Years as Chairman FCN
The Tenant Farmers Association’s Chief Executive George Dunn has notched up five years as Chairman of the farm charity, The Farming Community Network (FCN) and will be handing over the role to his successor, Graham Lilley at the end of the year.
“Whilst it is clichéd on these occasions to say it has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of the Farming Community Network (FCN), formerly known as the Farm Crisis Network, it truly has. FCN has a dedicated and hard-working volunteer base ably supported by a small staff team. I have been delighted to have been part of a charity that does so much to bring hope, help and support to many individuals within the farming community. It has come a very long way over the past 20 years and is now the first port of call for anyone within the farming community who needs specific help or ongoing support,” said Mr Dunn.
“I have been particularly pleased with the role that FCN has played within “Farming Help” working alongside the RABI which brings necessary emergency funding for short-term crises and to assist with longer term financial sustainability and the Addington Fund which provides housing solutions for people who need to give up their farms or jobs as farm workers. More recently it has also been good to develop links with Forage Aid bringing relief to livestock farmers through vital feed supplies when they are needed for example in terms of bad weather. There are also a host of other locally based farm support charities with whom FCN has developed good relationships,” said Mr Dunn.
“Through my time with FCN it has appointed a new Chief Executive, changed its name, enhanced its financial sustainability and vastly expanded its visibility to the farming community. It is now time to take the charity onto its next level and I am really pleased that Graham Lilley has been selected by the Board of FCN to lead the charity to do just that. Graham comes with a background in agricultural banking and has a passion for the Farming Community and I have no doubt, as I leave the board, that FCN will be well served by him,” said Mr Dunn.
“Something which is particularly special about FCN is its Christian ethos. It has been a joy to be able to express my own Christian faith through my role with FCN throughout my seven years on the board, the last five as chair, and as a volunteer. However, FCN’s work is with those within the farming community of all faiths and none without proselytising and long may the work of FCN continue,” said Mr Dunn.