We are delighted to announce that Fiona Rust will be joining us in mid March to help us as we develop our events portfolio and work with our expanding membership . Fiona will also be supporting the development of our vibrant Young Innovators’ Forum by working with the early career researchers and industry professionals to help them connect up.
In addition to our own events, we have also created opportunities for members to have a presence at other industry events under the Agri-Tech East ‘umbrella’. At Cereals and CropTech last year and at the European Association of Potato Research Conference and The Royal Norfolk Show among the events later this year.
Behind the scenes, Agri-Tech East also provides other support for members both individually through introductions and by having input into policy meetings around innovation; that could impact or benefit them. As the membership increases the opportunities are more wide-ranging. For example, we are working on a number of initiatives that will provide an international dimension to our membership support.
With Fiona’s support Becky will be able to dedicate more of her time to working with members and ensuring they make the most of their membership.
Fiona has an agricultural background and is very active in the Essex Young Farmers Club. This year she is the Ashdon and Saffron Walden club chairman and county magazine editor alongside holding various roles in the committee for the Essex Young Farmers’ annual show.
Agri-Tech East director Belinda Clarke says: “Fiona has also been a teacher, and is a brilliant communicator, having won national awards for public speaking! We are excited that her unique combination of experiences will bring a fresh perspective and useful input into the team.”
Fiona comments: “What drew me to the job was the opportunity to progress the work I’m doing within a sector which I am passionate about.”
We are looking forward to welcoming Fiona to the Agri-Tech East team.