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Meet the Teams

Seed and Export

3 April 2017

Robert Burns, Head of Seed and Export

t: 0131 297 7460 ¦ m: 07581129476

Rob is Head of Seed and Exports, based in Edinburgh. He has worked as a research scientist, Science Advisor in Scottish Government and more recently as Export Liaison officer for Scottish Government. He delivers his AHDB Potatoes function through overseas trade events, export mission activities, engagement with Government and levy payer activities.

Margaret Skinner AHDB
Margaret Skinner, Office Manager


t: +44 (0)131 297 7460
Margaret is based in Edinbugh and is the office manager, providing support to the Seed and Export team.

The seed and export department has one very clear objective: To help seed growers to further grow their markets through meeting customer requirements, producing a high quality product and promoting the technical benefits of British seed.

Demand for British seed, particularly overseas continues to provide valuable growth opportunities for the seed potato industry. AHDB Potatoes strives to ensure British seed growers can deliver the quality the customer requires, through appropriate R&D and KT, whilst working with stakeholders and government to protect plant health and seed quality.

AHDB Potatoes acts as a conduit of export information to industry and also coordinates selected overseas promotion of seed potatoes. AHDB Potatoes works in partnership with the export sector and Scottish Government and FERA, to build understanding and trust with overseas plant health officials on phytosanitary standards and import conditions. Trade show activity and inward and outward missions are the key tools.