New SRUC director’s name rings a Bell

A former student at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) is among three new non-executive directors appointed to the organisation’s governing board.

David Bell, who studied for his HND in Agriculture at Edinburgh, joins public relations and marketing professional Jane Craigie and Chris Sayers, former chair of the board of governors at Northumbria University, in the latest round of appointments.

Bruce Wood, already a member of the board, was also confirmed as the new vice-chair.

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In addition to running his farm near St Andrews, Bell sits on a machinery ring co-operative board covering the Central Belt, a sector board for AHDB covering the whole of the UK and is chair of the Voluntary Initiative in Scotland. He is also chair of the local NFU Scotland branch and a member of AHDB’s Research and Knowledge Exchange and Recommended List committees.

“SRUC has long been a stalwart of Scotland’s rural and farming communities,” said Bell, “Having studied there, joining the Board will give me a chance to give something back to the organisation during a very challenging couple of years for the farming community and a very exciting time for SRUC as it goes for degree-awarding powers.”

Sandy Cumming, Chair of the SRUC Board, said the organisation was delighted to have appointed three outstanding new Board Members:

“We had an excellent response to our recruitment exercise, and we are grateful to all applicants for their interest in SRUC. David, Jane and Chris will make significant contributions to achieving SRUC’s ambition to become Scotland’s Enterprise University at the heart of the sustainable natural economy.”

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