The communication of AHDB Beef & Lamb’s research and development and knowledge exchange activity has been given a boost thanks to the appointment of a new technical communications officer.
Emma Heathcote graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Animal Science and began her career working for the Animal Health Agency (now APHA) in the TB section. From here she moved to local government, working as an animal health officer and farm advisor. She joins AHDB Beef & Lamb after five years with the RSPCA, where she monitored members of the RSPCA Assured scheme.
Emma’s role involves communicating the outputs of AHDB Beef & Lamb’s research and development and knowledge exchange programmes, ensuring practical business tools are communicated to levy payers and stakeholders.
Emma said: “I am really excited to have joined AHDB Beef & Lamb as technical communications officer. My background is in livestock and the aspects of my previous roles I have enjoyed most have been communicating with producers.
“AHDB Beef & Lamb have an important role in getting key and timely messages to farmers to help them improve their businesses and I am looking forward to contributing towards this work.”
AHDB Beef & Lamb head of communications James Wilde added: “Emma’s appointment brings the team back up to full capacity, which will enable us to build on our existing work with the beef and sheep industry.”