Team Profiles

Jane Craigie

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Jane is a Chartered Marketer with over 25 years’ experience in marketing within the agri-food sector. She is a member of the executive board of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and the council of the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists. Jane is a graduate of the IAgrM and Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programmes, is a Windsor Leadership Alumna and a Waitangi Scholar. Board member for Lantra and a Professional Agriculturalist (P.Agric) and RingLink Scotland. Jane is a Director and co-founder of the Rural Youth Project.

Rebecca Dawes

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Rebecca has a First Class Honours degree in Events Management and is a graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. She is a trustee and Next Generation Facilitator for the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, Judge for Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards and Scottish Co-ordinator for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. She has a real passion for technology and digital communications, and is a farmer’s daughter from a mixed livestock farm; she also has her own herd of pygmy goats. Rebecca is also a Director and co-founder of the Rural Youth Project.

Becca Rainnie

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Becca joined the JCM team in 2015 and has supported various clients with her skills in account management, social media creation and event support. With an honours degree in Rural Business Management, Becca has also completed the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ John Deere Journalist Training Award and social media masterclass, ‘Embrace the Space’ with NS Design.

A volunteer for the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative and past member of SAYFC, Becca has a real passion for educating and encouraging the future generation to look into careers within the rural industry.

With farming in her blood, she now lives with her partner and daughter, Ella, on their organic mixed livestock unit near Turriff and in her spare time can be found lending a helping hand, particularly with show and sale prep of their beloved Beef Shorthorns.

Helen Cork

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Helen joined the JCM team in 2023 after working in agricultural roles covering various sectors in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. She comes from a cattle farming background and gained a degree in Countryside and Environmental Management from Harper Adams University.  She has completed the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Award and spent a decade working for the NFU, before joining our team. Helen is a member of the Newport Show Livestock Committee and is Chair of the Blymhill Agricultural Discussion Group. With a passion for communicating about agriculture, she encourages the next generation, especially her two young children, to appreciate where their food comes from and to be involved with farming and rural life.  Her favourite subject is cattle, with her own herd of Herefords and a passion for all things cow related.

Helen Cameron

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Helen is a farmer’s daughter who followed her roots and married a farmer. She helps run the 760 acres mainly arable enterpirse and is building up her own herd of breeding sheep. A background in banking and working for the local NFU office, her skills are put to good use assisting with the business accounts at both the farm and JCM.

Susannah Pate

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Specialist in food, tourism, travel and lifestyle PR managing accounts from small rural start-ups to urban icons. Worked in cities, married to a farmer. Graduate of the Scottish Rural Leadership Programme and Oxford Farming Conference Emerging Leader. Loves the power of a good story.

Natalie Reed

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With well over a decade’s experience in agricultural communications, Natalie has proven skills in management, planning, business development, communications strategy and implementation. Natalie has worked both in-house and agency side, gaining a wealth of experience in all aspects of marketing and public relations though her passion lies in technical writing for the arable sector. Her work regularly appears in trade publications such as Farmers Guardian, Farmers Weekly, CPM, Arable Farming, Potato Review etc. She has a MSc in Sustainable Agriculture.

Lois Campbell

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Lois is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and joined the team in 2023, as part-time Account Executive and Staff Writer. Lois has worked in numerous veterinary practices across Scotland, building a firm foundation in clinical knowledge and skills. Passionate in educating and supporting the future generation, in 2020, Lois became a Clinical Supervisor for Students. As a farmer’s daughter, Lois strives to communicate the importance of agriculture.

Andrew Williamson

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Andrew joined the JCM Team at the start of 2022 as part of the Kickstart Employment Scheme for 6 months and decided to stay on for a full-time position. He self-taught himself how to edit video and has a long history of creating and producing content using various software and techniques. While not having a background in Agriculture, he makes up for it with technology knowledge.

Jo Learmonth

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Jo Learmonth is a freelance journalist with a BSc.(Hons) in Agriculture, specialising in crop science and a MSc. in Crop Protection. After undertaking the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists John Deere Training Award in 2014, she realised she loved to write and her extensive knowledge of cropping systems led her to specialise in arable technical writing. Jo has written regularly for the Farmers Guardian and her work has appeared in all the UK’s major agricultural publications. She has been a JCM Associate for 8 years writing in season technical bulletins for growers and agronomists, in depth features, press releases and blogs across their arable accounts. Jo is a partner in the family mixed farm in Aberdeenshire where she is actively involved with all aspects of the business, spending summers studiously avoiding the need to reverse trailers into tight spots.

Craig Stephen

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Second generation photographer specialising in agri-food. Visual alchemist. Creator of the first double-sided newspaper ad.

Sarah Todd

 
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Sarah is an award-winning journalist with over 30 years’ experience. She started out as a newspaper reporter, moving on to become the editor of a glossy magazine and latterly has returned to her rural roots specialising in writing about farming, food and country life. Sarah is a long-standing member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists and a popular weekly columnist. Editors describe her as “that rarest of things – someone who understands both the countryside and journalism” and as having “a great eye for the quirky story that plays well to a national audience”. 

Team Pet Profiles

Bo

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Bo loves people, balls, swimming, and sticks. Unlike most labs, she doesn’t love food. If you come to visit, she will bring you a treasured object – a twig, a leaf or one of her many toys – and she expects you to be as thrilled as she is with the gesture! She’s a creature of habit, goes to bed no later than 6:45 pm and likes to sleep until 7 am the following morning. She’s beautiful, kind, happy and a little bit timid. Like most labs, was born half-trained and is a joy to live with. She prefers the outdoors.

Ness

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Ness has been part of the D&G office since the beginning and is enjoying her role in HR.  She’s very sociable and greets everyone, including the calves while putting Brandy in her place.  Like a lot of the team, she prefers the outdoors.

Brandy

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Brandy is the youngest member of the team in D&G.  At just over a year old, she’s found her feet in office security… she enjoys barking at the postman every day and running riot in the background of Rebecca’s calls.

Mossy

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Mossy is your typical collie, she knows exactly what is going on. She is very well-natured and intelligent albeit sometimes a bit too clever.

Annie

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Annie takes the top award for being the laziest four-legged member of team JCM and would eat enough food to do a Labrador if she got away with it. Despite her size, Annie has the biggest heart and loves nothing more than lots of people’s attention but watch out if you ever do meet her as she often shows her affection with some excited weeing…!

Betty

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Like many of the JCM team, Betty loves food.  We’ve yet to find something Betty won’t eat. She loves cuddles too. When she’s not eating Betty can be found under Nat’s desk…snoring.

Noosa

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Noosa loves people, especially those with food, taking her for a trail run, or around the cattle. She’s is a typical terrier, a big dog in a small dog’s body!

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