NFU Scotland has welcomed Sarah Cowie to its policy team.

Cowie joins the union’s Edinburgh-based head office team to lead its highly regarded lobbying work on key environmental issues including; water and air quality; pesticides; biodiversity; farm plastics; and flooding.

Cowie graduated from University of Edinburgh with a MA(Hons) in International Relations.

She joins NFU Scotland from Newsdirect, an independent political monitoring company, where she was deputy head of monitoring.

Cowie has extensive experience of producing bespoke policy briefings for a diverse portfolio of environmental and agricultural organisations, as well as interpreting complex, and highly technical government and parliamentary publications.

'Sarah is an exciting addition' to the policy team

Commenting on Cowie's appointment Gemma Cooper, head of policy, said:

"Sarah is an exciting addition [to] our well respected NFU Scotland team as she comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in the political and policy sphere.

In her role, Sarah will lobby on behalf of members on important issues such as environmental regulation and biodiversity - key policy areas that link to climate change.

"Her existing skillset will complement the wealth of knowledge that our team at NFU Scotland has and I know that she is well placed to advocate strongly on behalf of Scottish farming businesses."

Cowie added:

I’m excited to be joining NFU Scotland at a time when environmental issues have never been higher up the political agenda, which will result in a process of substantial change for Scotland’s agricultural businesses.

"I look forward to working with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the voices of Scottish farmers and crofters are heard and represented on these vital issues, as well as realising the benefits and potential opportunities that will come from this," she concluded.