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SIR BEN GILL IS NEW CHAIRMAN AT NRM AND SCIANTEC NRM Laboratories and Sciantec Analytical Services are pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Ben Gill as the new chairman of their holding company Cawood Scientifi c Limited, which was the subject of a successful management buy-out at the end of last year. Together NRM and Sciantec is

the UK’s largest truly independent provider of accredited analytical laboratory testing services for the land-based sector.

Commenting on the appointment, which took effect at the

beginning of the year, Managing Director Nigel Patrick said: “Sir Ben brings an enormous amount of expertise, experience and enthusiasm to the Board and has already made it plain that he intends to pay an active role in the development of the business.” Many will remember Sir Ben as President of the National Farmers

Union (NFU), a position he held for six years, stepping down in February 2004. Since then he has been extremely active taking on a number of chairman and non-executive director roles and establishing Hawkhills Consultancy. Through Hawkhills he advises the agrifood industry and the renewable energy sector and specialises in stimulating senior executives in ‘out of the box’ thinking. Amongst other current roles he is Chairman of Eden Research, a company developing the use of natural materials as pesticides and a Non-executive Director of Countrywide Farmers. Sir Ben has a deep interest in renewable energy and has developed something of a reputation as a futurologist. Looking more specifi cally to the future for NRM and Sciantec Sir

Ben said that the management team were in the exciting position of being able to sit down with a blank sheet of paper to look at how they can drive the business forward to become even more signifi cant players in the analytical market place within the landbased industries. The company has also appointed a new Finance Director, Richard Sowerby. Richard is Chartered Accountant who qualifi ed with one of

the world’s biggest accountancy fi rms, KPMG, spending nine years in the profession. He has since been Finance Director for a range of companies in the SME sector and already has an understanding of the analytical testing sector.

NEW PET BUSINESS TECHNICAL ADVISER APPOINTED Frank Wright Trouw Nutrition International has appointed Stacey Aram to the position of Pet Business Technical Adviser, based at the Head Offi ce in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Ms Aram has extensive experience in

the petfood industry and joins the company from Golden Acres Pet Food Partners, the manufacturer of own label premium dry pet foods, where she headed up the Nutritional Advisory Department. At FWTNI she will work closely with the Quality Team to further reinforce the company’s commitment to delivering the highest possible standards of quality assurance and food safety to the petfood sector. Ms Aram has a fi rst class BSc (Hons) in Animal Science and has

worked in the sector for three years. Commenting on the appointment, Aled Edwards, Managing Director, says: “Stacey’s experience in the petfood industry will be invaluable to us as we continue to focus on providing customers with innovative solutions and products.”

RUMINANT NUTRITIONIST FOR FANE VALLEY FEEDS Hazel Gilmore from Dromore, Co Tyrone has graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a PhD in agriculture. This was obtained through research at AFBI, Hillsborough where Dr Gilmore, with the support of AgriSearch, investigated ‘Factors affecting reproductive performance in the high yielding dairy cow.’ Since graduating Dr Gilmore has accepted

a position as a ruminant nutritionist with Fane Valley Feeds.

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