The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s Communications and Marketing Officer has been welcomed into Guild membership.
Norette Ferns has recently joined the charity which provides emotional, practical and financial support to people involved in Scottish agriculture.
Her role includes raising awareness of the services that the charity offers and its supporter’s schemes.
“I started just as lockdown kicked in, so haven’t met most of the people I’m working with face-to-face yet but Zoom has been a great way to keep in touch and get to know the team.”
Before joining RSABI, Norette worked in rural development communications for around 15 years, including five years in the Rural Communities and Economy Division of the Scottish Government and 10 years in the Rural Team at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
She worked on the Scottish Rural Network initiative during two Scottish Rural Development Programmes, promoting and supporting rural development and encouraging the sharing of ideas and good practice.
Norette studied English Literature at the University of Glasgow followed by an MSc in Publishing at Napier University in Edinburgh.
She was born in Glasgow and spent her childhood growing up on a sheep farm in Inverness, before moving to Ross-shire where she is home-based.
“When I’m not working, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen trying out new recipes – I’ve got way too many cookery books and can’t stop buying more!
“I also love going on holidays and to concerts, and in normal times I’m always planning a trip of some kind.”
As with all members, Norette’s contact details have been added to the Guild’s online directory.
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