Eleanor Kay

Eleanor Kay
Policy Adviser (Agriculture)
0131 653 5400

Eleanor joined Scottish Land & Estates in September 2018 and her remit covers current funding and regulation, post-Brexit policy and support, delivery of public goods, Land Use Strategy, climate change, water quality, natural flood management and soil health. Eleanor was previously Knowledge Exchange Manager at Rothamsted Research where she acted as in-house agricultural consultant and working with Defra and others on agriculture research, policy and knowledge transfer. Prior to this, Eleanor was the Agriculture Development Fieldsman at Birds Eye and a Trials Officer for Oxford Agricultural Trials.

Eleanor grew up in a farming family and was an active member of Young Farmers before studying for a BSc (Hons) Agriculture with a focus on sustainable soil and water management at the Royal Agricultural University, graduating with a 2:1 and receiving the Worshipful Company of Farmers Top Student Award for Best Dissertation and the British Soil Science Society Best Student Plaque. She is BASIS qualified and more recently studied for an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security after receiving the Clyde Higgs Postgraduate Scholarship.

If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why?
I think I would have to be a water vole.  I too have a love of water and have been known to swim off the West Coast of Scotland in November!  I’m also a fan of digging either in the garden or through mountains of documents!

What do very few people know about you?
I was born deaf and wear hearing aids, most people don’t realise or forget I’ve told them. The fact I have Grade 6 Singing and Musical Theory awards does confuse them a bit!

Which three words best describe your outlook on life?
Thrifty, articulate and resourceful.

Tell us, in 10 words, what you would like your legacy to rural Scotland to be
Let me get back to you on that one....