NIAB has appointed Steven Tompkins as business development manager, a new position at the Cambridge-based crop research organisation.
He will be responsible for securing new commercial and research funding, as well as promoting NIAB’s role in providing innovative agricultural research and technical services in the UK.
Mr Tompkins was formerly a senior business development consultant at ADAS, where he helped food sector clients to implement sustainability plans and manage risk across agricultural supply chains. He has also led several major UK and EU government funded strategic research projects in conjunction with industry, and developed new revenue streams through the provision of applied research and policy advice to a range of public and private sector customers.
“My immediate focus is to build on NIAB’s excellent relationships with clients in the agri-food sector, and develop new links to deliver solutions that have a real impact for the industry,” he says.
At the same time, Emily Borton joins the NIAB TAG agronomy arm as a trainee regional agronomist for the south of England. She will support southern regional agronomist Steve Cook, providing agronomy information and technical services to NIAB TAG members across the region. She will work closely with fellow regional agronomists Richard Overthrow, Patrick Stephenson and Andrew Watson.
Ms Borton was most recently a crop production lecturer at Duchy College in Cornwall, but has also worked as a graduate lecturer in crop production at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire and in a potato agronomy role at Greenvale AP in the Scottish Borders.
“Steven and Emily’s appointments are part of an ongoing process to attract fresh new talent and strengthen the NIAB team, as we aim to become an unrivalled source of research expertise and provider of technical services across the UK,” notes NIAB TAG technical director Bill Clark.