“Scene and Herd PR offers a great and complete personal PR service. It’s always great to work with people who have such a passion and knowledge of the sector Craigie’s operates in!”

John Sinclair, Owner, Craigie’s Farm Deli and Café

About Us

ANNA DAVIES
Director and list fanatic

Anna has over thirteen (lucky for some!) years of Public Relations, Communications, Marketing and Publishing experience and set up Scene & Herd back in 2009 to give rural businesses a stronger promotional voice.

Previously, Anna was Public Relations and Communications Manager at the National Farmers’ Union Scotland and Marketing and Communications Manager at Scotland Food & Drink and she loves promoting the ‘farm to fork’ journey – as well as sampling local produce wherever she goes!

With a Psychology degree from Edinburgh University, a Chartered Institute of Public Relations qualification and a nosey streak, Anna is fascinated by the ways in which businesses can communicate with their customers in the most effective way.

Anna is married, with two cheeky daughters, a very well behaved dog and a greedy horse! On their East Lothian farm she grows vegetables (not very well), enjoys baking (reasonably well!) and spends much of her time tidying up (extremely well!)!

What everybody knows:
Anna has a real soft spot for Ben Fogle, Bear Grylls and Alastair Mackenzie from Monarch of the Glen – as well as her husband of course!

What most people know:
Anna doesn’t share food! (just like Joey from ‘Friends’!)

What few people know:
Anna went to school with Amal Clooney

ROSS (MONTY) MONTAGUE
Director and terrier

Monty gets fired up by farming and rural Scotland and is fascinated by all types of rural business.

These passions grip Monty like a terrier grips a rat – if your business has a story to tell Monty won’t let go until it has been told.

In addition to running Scene & Herd, Monty owns and operates a farming business. Formerly Director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance, he also has previous experience in business consultancy covering a plethora of sectors from professional football to energy and care homes.

Monty lives in the Borders with his wife and two young daughters.

What everyone knows:
Monty’s natural attire is wellies and jeans. A suit is only worn under duress and you may never see him in a tie.

What most people know:
Sacks (of sheep feed), drams and rock n roll fill many of Monty’s weekends.

What few people know:
That would be telling!

SARAH ANDERSON
Consultant and culture vulture

A St. Andrews languages graduate, Sarah cut her professional teeth in Brussels working for an MEP and running a CAP-focused cross-party group. She then taught politics at Aberdeen University before a seven-year press and politics stint with NFU Scotland.

Sarah is a hard-wired campaigner and a compelling advocate for good stories. She most enjoys spotting news opportunities for her clients and helping people pull what might seem like complicated or dry material into concise and persuasive messages.

Sarah lives at the foot of the moor south of Edinburgh with her husband and rumbustious young sons. When she’s not working, in the garden or applying Savlon to scraped knees, she’s probably reading.

What everybody knows:
You’ll probably hear Sarah before you see her – she’s small but her voice carries!

What most people know:
Sarah’s glass is permanently half-full.

What few people know:
Sarah is RADA-trained in Shakespearian

JAN BARKER
Consultant and awareness week enthusiast

Formerly a Development Manager in the charity sector, Jan, a seasoned social activist and charity trustee, now lends her expertise to third sector initiatives to increase volunteering, engagement and build community capacity. Having completed many successful fundraising applications for the not-for-profit sector, lengthy, complex forms hold no fear for Jan!

Born in Yorkshire, Jan now lives with her husband and three tweenagers in East Lothian. Edinburgh is her playground where she indulges her passion for contemporary art and cultural events.

What everybody knows:
Jan is a flâneuse and enjoys nothing more than discovering the unusual, overlooked and under-appreciated gems that are hidden in plain sight.

What most people know:
Jan is a John Muir Award holder and loves nature and wild places (and geocaching, archaeology, maps, fossils, metal detectoring…ok, she’s a geo-geek).

What few people know:
Jan is a guerrilla gardener and has been known to secretly transform neglected areas overnight. And she makes a mean seed bomb.

KATE DUNCAN
Consultant and stationery buff

Following an exciting career in events management, which included luxury branding, corporate entertaining, PR and project management, and living in Valencia, Paris, Edinburgh and London, Kate has returned home to Perthshire and has been part of the Scene & Herd team since January 2015.

A Highland Lass at heart, Kate and her husband (and growing troop of children and dogs) now manage her family’s small farm and sporting estate. This upbringing has given Kate an understanding of the challenges facing rural enterprises, and the importance of success for new, diversified farm and estate businesses. She is passionate about promoting Scottish produce and commodities, and her travels have given her an experienced view and thick contacts book covering a wide range of sectors and countries.

What everybody knows:
Kate is a veritable chameleon – enthused and happy in both city and country

What most people know:
Kate loves training and working labradors and has this pegged as her ‘retirement career’

What few people know:
Kate appeared in Japanese Vogue Magazine with their star model whom she hosted for a dinner event in Champagne

NICOLA MACNAUGHTON
Consultant and yogi

After completing a VSO project in India, Nicola returned to her home town of Glasgow where she joined Scotland’s largest PR agency, the BIG Partnership. During her three years there she worked on accounts such as ScottishPower, Bauer Media, Clydesdale Bank and the St. Enoch Centre before being seconded to the Scottish Government’s press office in Edinburgh.  At the Scottish Government, Nicola worked in the office of the then Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her two junior ministers.

This experience combined Nicola’s love of PR and her passion for politics, and after leaving BIG she went on take up a position as PR and public affairs manager at Glasgow Airport where she was responsible for a range of activities including PR, social media, political engagement and reactive and crisis communications.  Her biggest coup during her two years at the airport was getting to drive up the runway in a car with Olympic gold medal winner, Chris Hoy.

Nicola joined the Scene & Herd team in 2015 where she has since worked on Gardening Scotland and a range of other fascinating and diverse clients.  As well as working for Scene & Herd, Nicola has also spent the last year working part time as a professional gardener and becoming a yoga teacher. When she’s not in a downward dog on her yoga mat she can be found with her pet dog Bonnie, in the hills near her countryside home in the North of Glasgow.

What everybody knows:
Nicola will enjoy a conversation with anybody, about anything!

What most people know:
Nicola works in PR and gardening and is as comfortable in a boiler suit as she is in a pair of high heels.

What few people know:
Nicola has a love for all things crafty and has a particular admiration for Kirsty Allsopp.

IONA ST JOSEPH
Consultant and Social Media obsessive

Having completed a degree in Print Journalism, Iona ended up in the PR world by accident after a four week placement turned into a seven year career.

Before joining Scene & Herd, Iona worked at an award-winning digital agency in Gloucestershire, where she worked up through the ranks to Head of Social Media, before leaving to go freelance and move back to her family farm in Dumfries and Galloway in 2014. Iona joined team Scene & Herd in September 2015 and now works with clients across the agricultural and food and drink sectors on both PR and social media.

When she’s not working with Scene and Herd’s clients, Iona is usually out working with sheep, whether it’s on her own farm or off in the Galloway hills. In her spare time, if she’s not playing sport, she’s watching it.

What everybody knows:
Iona is busiest at lambing time, when she has to balance PR work during the day with new arrivals during the middle of the night.

What most people know:
Iona plays for her local women’s rugby team, who are fourth in the top league in Scotland!

What few people know:
Iona once jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet on a skydive in New Zealand.

NATASHA TOMPKINS
Consultant and grammar pedant

Natasha has worked in the business of communications for over 17 years starting with Investor Relations in the City of London representing internationally listed companies. After completing an MBA at University of Durham Business School, she became Head of Marketing and Communications for an engineering business marketing ‘big boys toys’, then found her true calling focussing on smaller businesses she believed in that needed a boost, covering industries ranging from children’s clothing to careers advisors and accountants.

Natasha lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, but doesn’t sound like it, with her knight in shining armour and their six children and two guinea pigs.

What everybody knows:
Natasha regularly compares the rearing of her children to the rearing of farm animals

What most people know:
Natasha loves running, especially on the beaches of Northumberland

What few people know:
Natasha went to school with Anna (and Amal Clooney!)

JOHN HAMLIN
Consultant and creative

John has over thirty years’ experience working as a designer and brand consultant and throughout that time he has worked in many different business sectors for both large multinationals and SMEs.

He has also worked for a number of top Scottish advertising agencies in the capacity of Art Director, creating strategic advertising campaigns for clients.

In the early years, much of his work was focused on the financial sector working as a brand consultant and designer for organisations like Scottish Widows plc, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, Scottish Provident, and Scottish Life International.

Other clients included BT, (Ad campaigns) Reckitt Benckiser (Packaging), Paterson Arran (packaging), and many more, including a design award for Scottish Widows.

Two years ago, John started a creative, marketing and web agency called Nothing Ordinary with Jonathan Harrison and together they have built an impressive portfolio of work covering numerous sectors.

He believes that the basic principles around which business success is built remain the same. Openness, honesty creativity and an ability to understand and communicate with customers.

What everybody knows:
John’s range of skills cover virtually every aspect of the ‘creative process’ including graphics and branding, web design, packaging design, point of sale, interior design, advertising, photography and art direction, photo retouching and Illustration.

What most people know:
John is a keen runner, having competed more than a dozen marathons.

What few people know:
John currently owns a 1965 Triumph TR4a which both he and his long-suffering wife Sharon enjoy during the summer months!

JONATHAN HARRISON
Consultant and digital whizz

Jonathan has helped countless businesses gain growth and exposure through digital marketing and web development. From start-up businesses to established businesses finding opportunities for growth and modernisation.

Since 2006 he has watched the search engines change and helped businesses to adapt so they can take as many opportunities as possible.

His skill sets are very high when it comes to Search Marketing (SEO, PPC, Analytics) and Project Management (specifically web development and marketing projects), with a wide knowledge of the digital world he can help businesses focus, strategise and develop online.

Jonathan has worked with many companies such as Real Foods, NHS Borders and many more.

Two years ago, Jonathan teamed up with creative John Hamlin to form a marketing and web agency called Nothing Ordinary and together they have built an impressive portfolio of work covering numerous sectors across Scotland and the Borders.

What everybody knows:
Jonathan is a family man with a wife and two young boys

What most people know:
If you ever need to contact Jonathan, he isn’t hard to find. He has an orange car so bright, it can apparently can be seen from space!

What few people know:
Jonathan enjoys nothing better than walking the hills of the Scottish Borders and beyond.

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