Southern Upland Partnership AGM

The Southern Uplands Partnership has invited four innovative thinkers to share their views on rural development post Brexit on the 28th June 2017.

The free event will take place at the Yarrow Feus Hall near the Gordon Arms from 2pm on the 28th June and if you would like to attend, you will need to reserve a seat. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to make a booking.

Jim Shanks is an innovative Borders farmer.  Jim manages the family business with his wife Kerry. Over 10 years they have expanded the dairy herd and started making cheese. In 2009 Jim undertook a Nuffield scholarship looking at "Energy in Agriculture". He has since built a 200 kW AD unit that powers a state-of-the-art, 1500 square meter glasshouse in which he grows tomatoes.

Fergus Tickell is an experienced forester and renewable energy advisor. Fergus is the biomass and community renewables manager at Sgurr Energy and has been involved in both the forestry and renewables sectors for over 20 years. He has a particular interest in the sustainable use of wood from local forests as fuel and the integration of renewables projects with more traditional land uses.

Professor Sarah Skerratt is Director of Rural Policy at SRUC but currently on partial secondment to Audit Scotland, to “rural-proof” their audit work, input to auditing outcomes plus constitutional reform issues e.g. Brexit, Scotland’s new financial powers, and potential Indyref2.

Professor Wayne Powell is CEO of SRUC and is currently seeking views on what the priorities should be for Scotland’s Rural College. Prof Powell was previously Chief Science Officer at CGIAR Consortium, an international partnership organisation which focuses on agricultural research for development in areas such as cereals, agroforestry, livestock and climate change. Before that he spent six years as the Director of the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.


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