THERE HAS been a raft of changes in the job landscape for some major arable supply companies already this year with some key new appointments.

Scotland-based Stuart Sutherland has been appointed as technical manager with the global adjuvant and biocide business, Interagro.

An agricultural graduate from SAC, he has held technical and agronomic positions with Scottish Agronomy, as an area manager with Syngenta in central Scotland, agronomy manager within BASF and latterly held technical and commercial roles with both Interfarm and Nufarm.

Mr Sutherland is BASIS, CPA, FACTS and BETA qualified and has extensive agronomic experience in arable, potato and horticultural crop production.

He said: “I’m delighted to be joining Interagro at rapidly changing times in our industry and ever-increasing political and regulatory pressures on registered crop protection products. Our future focus has to be on achieving improved efficacy from the products we have, through better application, product placement and enhanced uptake.”

The business has also appointed Ed Heywood as its regulatory manager for an expanding adjuvant and biostimulants business. He previously held roles with the Chemicals Regulations Division (CRD), the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research (IGER) and APC, a regulatory and development consultancy specialising in biocides and chemicals.

Marketeer for Hutchinsons

Crop production specialist, Hutchinsons, has appointed Nick Rainsley as head of marketing.

He will lead Hutchinsons’ marketing team in support of their national agronomy colleagues and their developing range of market leading crop management services.

Mr Rainsley has more than 28 years of experience within the sector, initially as a successful agronomist and then as head of a marketing team since 2003, where he was responsible for marketing initiatives including brand and campaign management, press and PR, and events management in the arable, fruit, horticulture, vegetable, seed, precision farming and amenity sectors.

ICL's technical specialist

The speciality agriculture division of ICL has a new technical sales manager, Dr Richard Collins.

From an academic background, having worked as a senior lecturer and researcher in crop sciences at the University Centre Myerscough, and his daily role will oversee ongoing technical development of ICL products, as well as providing agronomic support to customers.