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Farming Scotland Conference

4th February 2016

Half Day Conference held at Carnoustie Hotel

The Farming Scotland Conference, which is sponsored by Bell Ingram, EQ Accountants, RBS and Thorntons,  aims to bring together like minded progressive  businesses from  throughout the  Scottish agriculture industry to listen to and promote discussion and debate on issues which affect the industry here and throughout the world.

Our four speakers each represent organisations which are “Partners in Farming” and we look forward to hearing their views on issues relevant to the industry.

Terry A’Hearn
Terry is CEO of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). He has over twenty years’ experience in the environment profession, having held senior roles in Melbourne with the Environment Protection Authority in the Australian state of Victoria, in London with the global consulting firm WSP and, more recently, in Belfast as Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency before he joined SEPA.

Jack Watts
Jack is Lead Analyst, Market Intelligence in Cereals and Oilseeds with AHDB. He started his career with AHDB (formeryl HGCA) in 2006 in London and relocated with the organisation to Warwickshire in 2009. Jack’s area of expertise is grain market analysis as well as a keen interest in on-farm and supply chain economics.  Jack has almost ten years’ experience in analysing grain marketing strategies and has a broader interest in managing volatilty across agriculture. Jack is a farmer’s son from Devon, an Agriculture graduate of the University of Nottingham.

Shaun Groom
Shaun is General Manager of Alios Pottinger UK Ltd, the Austrian family owned supplier of grassland and tillage equipment. Originally from a mixed farming background in Norfolk, Shaun has spent most of his working life with global leading suppliers of agricultural machinery which has taken him to both Europe and Australasia. Shaun is a respected source of knowledge in modern mechanised agricultural equipment and systems.

Robert Graham
Raised within a proud family that has farmed for five generations, Robert brings an innate understanding of dairy farming and business development to his role as managing director of the Bridge of Allan-based Graham’s The Family Dairy founded by his grandfather in 1939. The Graham family are proud of their agricultural roots and remain firmly committed to the highest quality dairy production and paying fair farm gate prices to its fellow farmers. Graham’s The Family Dairy has firmly established itself as a top 10 Scottish brand in Scotland ranking 3rd in the latest research compiled by the Scottish Grocer.

There will be the usual panel session at the end of the talks before lunch, giving you the opportunity to air  your  views or ask questions.  We very  much hope that you will come along and enjoy this conference and that what you hear and discuss will help to stimulate thought and debate within the Scottish agricultural community.

The cost of £70 (inc VAT) includes lunch and wine. To book your place please contact event co-ordinator Mary Campbell on 01307 474274 or email

Published on 16th December 2015