Robin Barron, general manager of East of Scotland Farmers (EOSF), has been elected as chairman of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) Scotland. He succeeds Stephen Kenyon of Harbro, who has held the chairman’s role since April 2017.

Robin Barron

Mr Barron has been vice chairman for the last two years and is replaced by Sarah Bell of Cefetra.

Sarah Bell

“As agricultural supply chain businesses await the results of post-Brexit trade negotiations, the AIC will provide essential support to members, and a strong unified voice for the industry as we move into a new trading landscape,” he notes. “Agricultural businesses will face significant challenges in the coming years – I look forward to ensuring that the interests of the agri-supply industry in Scotland are represented at this crucial time.”

At the same time, the AIC Scotland seeds committee elected Colin Dargie of EOSF as chairman. He replaces Lorne Watson, managing director of Alexander Harley Seeds, while Douglas Gordon of the same company becomes vice-chair. There are no changes to AIC Scotland’s feed and arable committees.

AIC Scotland policy manager Ian Muirhead thanked Mr Kenyon for his hard work and commitment as chairman over the past three and a half years. “During his tenure, Stephen has helped to raise the profile of issues affecting AIC Scotland members.

“Through his encouragement, AIC Scotland has increased its involvement in policy development and stakeholder engagement in Scotland, allowing us to better protect the interests of the agri-supply industry as we navigate leaving the EU and negotiating future trade deals. Most recently, his leadership has been of huge support during the Covid-19 pandemic.”