George Burgess has been Interim Director of Agriculture and Rural Economy since March 2022.
Prior to his current role, George was head of the Food and Drink division, with responsibilities including EU exit, Covid recovery and trade policy. He has a wide range of experience working on climate change, environmental quality, EU and international trade and investment, devolution and constitutional policy, as well as having been private secretary to the Deputy First Minister.
George is married with one daughter. He was born in Aberdeen and attended Keith Grammar School in Banffshire. He has an MA in Natural Sciences and a PhD on Electron Microscopy from the University of Cambridge.
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