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Four new appointments to James Hutton Institute board

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“The Hutton board reflects the broad interests of the research institute in the knowledge we need to combine understanding and perspectives of the environment, agriculture and food if we are to solve the really big issues around sustainable land use”

The James Hutton Institute has announced four new non-executive Board appointments, bringing plant scientist Professor Alyson Tobin, communications expert Elizabeth Wade, conservation specialist Susan Davies and farmer George Lawrie to its Board of Directors.

Professor Alyson Tobin is a former Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of St Andrews. She is Deputy Vice Chancellor at York St John University, and is a collaborator on a grant investigating mature plant resistance to potato viruses.

Elizabeth Wade has many years’ experience in the financial sector, where her career evolved to specialise in communications and investor relations. For the last decade she has worked in the academic and not for profit sectors, including fundraising roles with Cambridge and Swansea universities. She is also a former non-executive director of Berry Gardens, the soft and stone fruit co-operative.

Susan Davies is Director of Conservation at the Scottish Wildlife Trust. She also has experience as acting Chief Executive at Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and served for a period as Deputy Director of the Scottish Government’s Rural & Environment Science & Analytical Services, on secondment from SNH.

George Lawrie was a working farmer for 35 years but is now active in agronomy and a number of farming related organisations and community based activities in Kinross. He was until 2016 on the board of the National Farmers Union Scotland, where he held the position of treasurer for nine years. He is a member of the AHDB Cereals and Oilseed Board and chairman of their Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee.

The new directors will join previously-announced appointees Archie Gibson, a leading ambassador for Scottish agriculture; financial expert Iain Reid and plant scientist Professor Andrew Millar, as well as new Chair, Professor James Curran.

Professor Colin Campbell, Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute, commented: “I am delighted to welcome these new board members who will undoubtedly bring new ideas and perpsectives to our board and look forward to working with them.  

“The Hutton board reflects the broad interests of the research institute in the knowledge we need to combine understanding and perspectives of the environment, agriculture and food if we are to solve the really big issues around sustainable land use.” 

All of the appointments are the result of open advertisements and public searches.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.