NFU Scotland has appointed a new regional manager for Dumfries and Galloway.
Isla Flanagan is taking on responsibility for the region as its current manager, Carolyn Dunlop, is due to take maternity leave.
Isla has recently returned with her family from France, where they farmed for several years. Isla’s husband, John, previously worked for NFU Scotland.
She has been a regular contributor to farming publications and brings with her a passion for farming, the countryside and food production.
Her appointment is one of three as ther NFUS bolstered its headquarters staff.
Kerry Barr becomes regional manager for Lothian and Borders, and the new communications manager for NFU Scotland is Ruth McClean.
NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said: “It is a huge encouragement to all within this organisation and a reflection of the standing of NFUS that any time a position becomes available, we continue to attract a high number of talented and skilled applicants.
“I welcome Isla, Kerry and Ruth to the organisation where their enthusiasm for Scottish farming and their drive to do the best for our members will be a huge asset to the business.
“NFU Scotland continues to grow its staff body so that we can service the needs of our membership at a local, regional and national level. Early in 2014, we will appoint our first full-time parliamentary officer and further appointments in 2014 will mean that we will continue to deliver the best service we can to our members.”