NFUS Bolsters Policy Team

NFU Scotland has bolstered its policy team with the appointment of Gemma Thomson as Legal and Technical Policy Manager.

Gemma, who recently worked with the UK agricultural service provider Agrii, will take on policy responsibilities for areas such as agricultural tenancies, planning, wayleaves, renewables, taxation, employment, access, health & safety, transport and infrastructure.

Commenting on her appointment, NFU Scotland's Director of Policy and Regions Jonnie Hall said:

"Our legal and technical work is growing in its importance to our members and has a significant impact on the operating environment of many farming businesses.

“With Gemma’s arrival, not only do we strengthen our legal and technical service, but we also now have in place a comprehensive policy team covering all aspects of our members’ many and varied interests.

“Gemma’s experience and enthusiasm is already paying dividends and will stand the organisation and members in good stead in the future.”

Looking forward to her new role, Gemma said:

"This is a hugely exciting time to be involved in Scottish agriculture and the wider rural economy. 

“Without a strong production focus, my policy areas may not generate the same excitement in the industry.  However, the reality is that legal and technical aspects are now reaching into every modern farming business. 

“There is an intense political and industry focus on landlord/tenant relationships; member interest in renewables is growing daily; employment and health & safety issues are commonplace and, with harvest nearing completion, various enquiries around transport and vehicles have been coming in each day.

“The workload will be large and varied and I look forward to getting stuck in.”  

Notes to Editors

  • Gemma Thomson is a graduate of Harper Adams University College with a degree in Rural Enterprise and Land Management.  She worked with Agrii and SAC as a consultant with experience in NVZ, IACS, cross-compliance, SRDP, renewables, diversification and business planning. Gemma has an interest in farming, showing and breeding Highland ponies, whippets, event planning and young farmers.
  • A photo of Gemma is available on request.


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Date Published:

News Article No.: 114/12

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