Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board


We set out in our Programme for Government the creation of an implementation board to drive forward the work of the farmer-led groups. The Agriculture Reform Implementation Oversight Board (ARIOB) has been established to support implementation of policy reform, incorporating the relevant recommendations from the farmer-led groups to:

  • cut emissions across agriculture
  • support the production of sustainable, high quality food
  • address the twin crises of climate and nature/loss of biodiversity
  • design a new system and approach

On 25 August, we launched the consultation 'Agricultural transition - first steps towards our national policy: consultation', based on the work of the suckler beef, arable, pig, dairy and hill, upland and crofting farmer-led groups. ARIOB was launched to work within government as Scotland reforms agriculture policy in the immediate and long term.


  • Martin Kennedy, farmer/NFUS
  • Tim Bailey, SAOS
  • Joyce Campbell, farmer
  • Robert Fleming, farmer
  • Scott Henderson, farmer
  • Adele Jones, Sustainable Food Trust
  • Marion MacCormick, Supply Chain, Scotland Food and Drink
  • Donald Mackinnon, Crofter and Chair of Scottish Crofting Federation
  • Andy McGowan, MD Scottish Pig Producers
  • Alison Milne, farmer
  • Andrew Moir, farmer
  • Vicki Nash, RSPB trustee
  • Anne Rae MacDonald, farmer
  • Mark Reed, Academic with expertise in behaviour change including peatland restoration
  • Pete Ritchie, farmer and SE Link (Nourish Scotland)
  • Mike Robinson, Academic and co-chair of Farming 1.5
  • Kate Rowell, farmer, QMS and Just Transition commission
  • Claire Simonetta, farmer
  • Sarah Simpson, farmer and agricultural consultant
  • Louise Welsh, Supply Chain, Food Standards Scotland
  • Nikki Yoxall, farmer and NatureScot