05 May 2020

AIC appoints Catherine Barrett as new Head of Arable Marketing and Seed

In her new role, Catherine will lead her sectors in representing Members’ interests with Defra and other government and non-government bodies and organisations.

The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) – the leading UK trade association representing agricultural supply chain sectors including arable marketing, crop protection, agronomy, feed, fertiliser and seed – has announced the promotion of Catherine Barrett as its new Head of Arable Marketing and Seed.

In her new role, Catherine will lead her sectors in representing Members’ interests with Defra and other government and non-government bodies and organisations. Her responsibilities will involve actively working to improve the competitive position of Members within the agrisupply chain.

The change has come following Paul Rooke’s departure, after nearly 30 years of service. Catherine worked closely with Paul and is well-placed to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to her new role.

“I’m delighted to assume this new position for AIC, an organisation that always strives to represent and promote Member interests. AIC truly is the voice of the UK agri-supply chain,” says Catherine Barrett. “At a time of huge disruption and uncertainty, AIC’s role is more vital than ever. My role will focus on working closely with Members involved with the Arable Marketing and Seed sectors, making sure that Member interests are represented with Government, and that we keep working together towards continued success and new opportunities.”

“Catherine will be excellent in her new role,” says Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of AIC. “In her time with AIC, she has been consistently dedicated and diligent when promoting Members’ interests. As we move forward during such an unprecedented time, it is leaders like Catherine who will provide the vision and guidance needed.” 


About AIC

AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.

AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security.  Currently these include:


Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops


Feed Materials Assurance Scheme


Universal Feed Assurance Scheme


European Seed Treatment Assurance


Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme


Feed Adviser Register


Renewable Energy Directive


Forage Assurance Scheme


AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme


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