Knowledge Exchange Manager
Scott qualified in 1990 with a B.Sc. Horticulture (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde. From 1990 until 2006, he worked for the ADAS Fruit Team based in Kent as a fruit agronomist, giving advice to fruit farmers on crop production techniques, crop protection, soil/substrate management, fruit storage and fruit budgets. He wrote and produced a weekly newsletter for ADAS customers and regularly contributed articles on fruit production to the trade press. He worked on a number of projects for Defra's Horticulture and Potatoes Division, led a number of near-market research projects and organised an annual industry conference. In 2006, he moved to work for the Horticultural Development Council, which in 2009 was consumed into the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board. His work involved disseminating the results of levy funded research on fruit crops to the fruit industry. This included writing and publishing annual review magazines on AHDB funded fruit research, contributing articles to AHDB's Grower magazine and the trade press, organising events and conferences and writing and editing other publications such as factsheets and grower guides. He organised webinars and podcasts and gave presentations at grower group events and industry conferences. In 2022, he joined NIAB as a Knowledge Exchange Manager to raise the profile of their research and disseminate the results of their projects to the industry. He collaborates with industry partners and develops improved links between the scientists and industry. He now also works as part of the GK&M team to support his colleagues in promoting the work of GK&M and the results of their various projects.
Area of expertise
Crop protection and fertilisers
- Soil health
- Spraying and irrigation systems