In May, Teresa Dougall, a well-known personality in Scottish agriculture who has devoted her entire career to agriculture and rural business, will take up a new position. With almost 30 years of experience in SQC, Dougall began her career at Ayr Auction Mart where she developed a passion for the industry.
Since then, she has worked in both the public and private spheres and has worked for affiliates for the past 17 years. This led to her taking on the role of Regional Manager and then Regional Director at the National Farmers Union of Scotland where she has spent the last 7 years.
SQC said that with an extensive network of industry contacts – working and building relationships with farmers, key partners, business stakeholders and parliamentarians – Dougall is committed to building on and strengthening the roles she has followed and said she looks forward to continuing with this approach. when she joins the assurance body.
SQC Chairman Andrew Moir said he was delighted to have Dougall appointed at a critical time for Farm Assurance.
“The industry sector needs strong leadership so that our sector can help and meet the growing need for additional guarantees from the industry,” Moir said.
And outgoing Managing Director Alistair Ewen said that with new developments to ensure assurance, including some buyers’ requirements for additional audits such as LEAF Marque, he decided it was time to transition his role to SQC, allowing him to focus on his worldwide consulting work for Greenyard, a global supplier of fresh, frozen and cooked fruits and vegetables.
* Meanwhile, scientists have called for a “revitalized” international barley research effort, with the new International Barley Center (IBH) at the James Hutton Institute outside Dundee playing a key administrative and structuring role.
Professor Robbie Waugh, director of IBH, said that with closer collaboration, the global barley research community can demonstrate that investing in barley research makes sound long-term academic and economic sense:
“We want to encourage the next generation of barley researchers to use and expand the vast barley genetic and genomic resources available today,” Waugh said.
“We have challenges: Functional research gene by gene or process by process remains long-term goals that can be achieved through collaboration/coordination, and the joint development and sharing of biological and information tools and resources will drive progress and enrich our community. “.
Together with other leading researchers attending the conference, he said the ultimate goal was to recreate a vibrant global barley public and private research community that would share resources, capabilities, data, game-changing ideas and technologies, and that would foster new collaborations. and new networks:
“We want efficient science to ensure high quality, sustainable and sustainable barley production around the world,” concluded Professor Waugh.