Agricultural and environmental research organisation, the James Hutton Institute, has announced the election of four new members to its board.

The new board members include: international consultant, Anne MacColl; chief operating officer and deputy vice-chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University, Susan Mitchell; senior manager for finance and revenues for Clackmannanshire Council, Lindsay Sim; and company executive for Heinz, Carlsburg and HP, Robin Walker.

Walker has also been appointed chair of James Hutton Limited, the institute’s commercial arm.

Together, the James Hutton Institute said the new directors bring a “wealth of organisational and business development, financial and community experience”.

They will help with the research organisation’s work across land, crops, water and the environment at its sites in Aberdeen, Invergowrie, Balruddery and Glensaugh.

Chair of the institute’s board, Susan Davies, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new board members to the Hutton.

“This is an incredibly exciting time to be joining this organisation as we work to address some of the fundamental challenges facing us today, across food security, energy and the environment.

“Our new members bring a wide range of skills that will support our major projects, including the international barley hub and advanced plant growth centre, as part of the Tay Cities Deal, and our HydroGlen and just transition hub projects, supported by the Scottish government.”

Davies thanked the former James Hutton Institute chair, Ian Gambles, for “guiding the institute’s strategic direction” and for guiding investment on the new initiatives.