Great teamwork always wins the day

Anna Davies

Director & 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

Anna Davies Scene & Herd
Anna Davies Scene & Herd

Anna Davies

Director & 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.

Ross 'Monty' Montague Scene & Herd

Ross 'Monty' Montague

Director & 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 'pony-club-mad' 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!

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Dave Howard

Consultant and Podcasting Guru

Dave is a multi award-winning former BBC radio producer. Over six years at Radio 1 Newsbeat, he covered issues like milk prices, bTB, and rural mental health. He has made over 40 documentaries for Radio 1, Radio 4, and Radio Scotland. Dave produces our popular rural podcast entitled OnFARM – Food, Agriculture and Rural Matters.

What everybody knows:
Dave spent 6 years as a regular voice on Radio 1 Newsbeat, talking about politics.

What most people know:
Dave was Herefordshire Young Farmers under-21s hedge-laying champion (many moons ago!)

What few people know:
Dave used to have his own Spanish-language weekly radio show on the Galápagos Islands.

Dave Howard

Consultant and Podcasting Guru

Dave is a multi award-winning former BBC radio producer. Over six years at Radio 1 Newsbeat, he covered issues like milk prices, bTB, and rural mental health. He has made over 40 documentaries for Radio 1, Radio 4, and Radio Scotland. Dave produces our popular rural podcast entitled OnFARM – Food, Agriculture and Rural Matters.

What everybody knows:
Dave spent 6 years as a regular voice on Radio 1 Newsbeat, talking about politics.

What most people know:
Dave was Herefordshire Young Farmers under-21s hedge-laying champion (many moons ago!)

What few people know:
Dave used to have his own Spanish-language weekly radio show on the Galápagos Islands.

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Jan Barker Scene & Herd

Jan Barker

Consultant and Awareness Week aficionado

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 teenagers 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.

Jan Barker Scene & Herd

Jan Barker

Awareness week consultant

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 teenagers 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.

John Hamlin & Rupert

Consultant & 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.

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 everyone 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!

John Hamlin Brand & Web Secene & Herd
john hamlin brand and web consultant

John Hamlin & Rupert

Consultant & 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.

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 everyone 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!

Kate Duncan Scene & Herd

Kate Duncan

Consultant & 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

Kate Duncan Scene & Herd

Kate Duncan

Consultant & 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

Sarah Anderson

Consultant & Social Butterfly

Although she grew up in the city, Sarah’s heart has always been in the country. She came to farming by way of politics, working for several years in the European Parliament and teaching in the International Relations & Politics Department at Aberdeen University. She now has fifteen years’ worth of media experience, having worked on press & parliamentary affairs at NFU Scotland and as a freelance PR. She was a journalist for Farmers Journal Scotland and loves her job as it combines her favourite things: the great outdoors, meeting and talking to people and writing.

Sarah lives south of Edinburgh at the foot of the moor with her husband Lewis and two sons.

What everyone knows:
Sarah’s voice carries.  There are no concerns about her not being ‘herd’!

What most people know:
When she’s not working, you’ll find Sarah in the garden or with her nose in a book

What few people know:
Sarah is RADA-trained in Shakespearean stage combat!

Sarah Anderson Scene & Herd
Sarah Anderson Scene & Herd

Sarah Anderson

Consultant & Social Butterfly

Although she grew up in the city, Sarah’s heart has always been in the country. She came to farming by way of politics, working for several years in the European Parliament and teaching in the International Relations & Politics Department at Aberdeen University. She now has fifteen years’ worth of media experience, having worked on press & parliamentary affairs at NFU Scotland and as a freelance PR. She was a journalist for Farmers Journal Scotland and loves her job as it combines her favourite things: the great outdoors, meeting and talking to people and writing.

Sarah lives south of Edinburgh at the foot of the moor with her husband Lewis and two sons.

What everyone knows:
Sarah’s voice carries.  There are no concerns about her not being ‘herd’!

What most people know:
When she’s not working, you’ll find Sarah in the garden or with her nose in a book

What few people know:
Sarah is RADA-trained in Shakespearean stage combat!