New appointments for AHDB Arable Knowledge Exchange

Four potato-focused appointments have been announced by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to join its newly formed Arable Knowledge Exchange team.

The appointments bring together a wider range of expertise for the industry, alongside AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange being united to create a single Arable Team.

Graham Bannister has been promoted to Senior Knowledge Exchange (KE) Manager, while both Amber Cottingham and Dr Anne Stone have moved roles internally to KE Manager and Knowledge Transfer (KT) Manager respectively.

Kathryn Hales will join the team as KT Officer upon finishing her AHDB funded PhD in October. Anne’s existing role of KE Manager for the West is currently being sought and will take personnel in Potatoes KE to seven. This is in addition to the further resource and scope offered by the full arable team.

Head of Arable KE Tim Isaac said: ““We are delighted to offer potato growers increased provision with the appointment of these roles. The sector will also benefit from the continuity provided by the fact that three of the four appointments are promotions or internal moves.

“Anne Stone will remain in her role in the West for the remainder of this growing season, again to provide continuity, as we continue to expand and improve on the service we provide.”

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