East Anglian Sheep Farmer takes on new role in NSA Eastern Region

28th November 2023

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is pleased to announce the election of Suffolk Sheep Farmer Robert Spinks as its new NSA Eastern Region Chairman.

Robert from near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, was elected at the recent NSA Eastern Region Annual Members’ Meeting (ARMM). He replaces outgoing Chairman Dan Phipps, also from Suffolk, who for the past three years has also been NSA National Chairman.

Robert takes on the new role having previously served as Vice Chairman for the regional committee representing the NSA region that includes the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk. Robert was also an NSA Next Generation Ambassador in 2016 – A programme that saw him begin his connection with NSA.

Robert has grown a successful sheep enterprise over the past ten years. Having spent several years also shepherding for a large farmer in East Anglia Robert has built his experience and reputation and now focuses on his flock of 600 New Zealand Romney ewes in addition to managing a 2000-3000 store lamb finishing business and a separate enterprise finishing 4400 pigs annually.

Speaking of his new appointment, Robert says: “I gained so much from my association with NSA that I feel it is important for me now to give something back and so I’m very happy to take on the Chairmanship for the region.

“I owe a lot to previous Chair Dan Phipps and am now honoured to take the role on from him after he has done a fantastic job. It’s an exciting region to be part of with lots of sheep and good people here working hard. Our NSA committee is strong with people looking forward to delivering things for the members.” 

For information on events planned in NSA Eastern Region in the coming months and other NSA activities please visit the NSA website www.nationalsheep.org.uk/events.


Roberts farms Romney ewes and store lambs in Suffolk