Samantha Northey


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NAME Samantha Northey JOB Corporate Affairs Director COMPANY AB Agri AGE 33 SALARY* £25,000 - £30,000 *industry average

What does your job involve?

I do a range of things – I basically work as a bridge between China and the UK.  This involves tactical (central and local-level) and strategic lobbying of the Chinese & UK Government with regards to food and feed safety, developing public sector contacts within the EU, UK and China, working with established local businesses (and new entrants e.g. premix and pet food) to demonstrate our capabilities in this area and comply with the legislation.

I also offer thought leadership and advise and support corporate communications/marketing activities across the business in Asia, i.e. produce digital and printed bi-lingual corporate brochures, manage events, deliver presentations, and develop these for different parts of the business. I have to maintain visibility and manage our trade mark portfolio in Asia.

What other jobs have you had?

I have worked as a chef, teacher, in the Media (UK-based), promoting bi-lateral trade between UK and China (China-based), and Private Equity (Asia region).

Did you consider any other career paths?

I thought about becoming a Physiotherapist, an Athlete and an Artist.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a Chinese MA (Hons), A-Levels in Biology, English Literature and Art, and GCSEs.

What do you like most about your job, and what’s not so great?

I like working with a range of different people, at different levels and influencing change both externally and internally. I dislike getting distracted by insignificant issues i.e. internal politics.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years' time?

I see myself working in Agriculture/Food production or Environment-related field; having a commercial role but still involved in advocacy.

Do you have advice for people trying to get into agriculture?

It is a fascinating industry, I have learnt so much more about business, the science of animal nutrition and the global supply chain than I expected. Our food supply chain is becoming increasingly inter-dependant and the opportunity to work across it is really interesting and dynamic. Without new ideas and innovation, it will be very difficult to sustain food production in the future. Everyone has a responsibility to understand how food is produced and how we can make this process more sustainable.

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