Agri-Tech East has welcomed Fiona Rust to its team to help the organisation develop its events portfolio and work with its rapidly expanding membership.
Agri-Tech East welcomes Fiona Rust to the team
Fiona is also supporting the development of Agri-Tech East's vibrant Young Innovators’ Forum by working with early career researchers and industry professionals to help them get connected.
In addition to Agri-Tech East's own events, opportunities are being created for members to have a presence at other industry events under the Agri-Tech East ‘umbrella’, for example at Cereals and CropTech last year and at the European Association of Potato Research Conference and The Royal Norfolk Show later this year.
Behind the scenes, Agri-Tech East also provides other support for its 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.
Fiona has an agricultural background and is very active in the Ashdon and Saffron Walden Young Farmers Club. This year she is the 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.”
Agri-Tech East is an independent business-focused cluster organisation for the East of England. It is creating a global innovation hub, to improve the international competitiveness of plant and crop-based agriculture and catalyse economic growth.