SOPA Appoints New Chairman

After five years as the Chairman at SOPA, Edward Smith stepped down from the helm in August 2022.

Edward has had a significant influence on the organic co-operative, bringing about financial stability, new staff to supplement to existing Membership Services offered and a strategic plan giving clear direction for the next five years. Edward will remain on the SOPA board as Director.

Roger Baird, SOPA Board Chairman

Following seven years as board director, Roger Baird has recently been appointed as the new Chairman and has hit the ground running.

Roger is delighted to take on the role and said “I began trading organic combinable crops some 20 years ago and joined the SOPA Board in 2015. My predecessor, Edward Smith has put SOPA in a very strong position, with a healthy balance sheet and most recently the addition of Jo Barron and Becky MacAngus to our marketing, lobbying and communications efforts.  I offer my thanks to Ed for his significant contribution to SOPA.

I believe the present farming environment is at the crux of Scottish Government’s Vision to make Scottish agriculture more sustainable, protecting biodiversity and mitigating climate change.  No other means of food production offers the proven suite of complementary benefits to deliver the gold standard for sustainable agriculture.

From my experience any growth in the organic sector must be tailored to demand to avoid the oversupply we witnessed a decade ago and the subsequent dismantling of organic premia, leading to market disruption. We want to help our Members maintain a sustainable and steady growth of their businesses so they can continue to offer the wide environmental benefits associated with organic food production. Our emphasis on nutritional value, chemical-free food, and soil health will be at the very heart of our work in what looks to be a bright future.

Gordon Whiteford of Lower Mill of Tynet farm in Fochabers, remains vice chair and has been such since Aug 2017.


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Scottish Organic Producers Association, Registered Office is c/o Drummond Laurie, Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Rd, Perth, PH2 8BX.
Scottish Organic Producers Association is a Co-operative registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014, Registration Number SP02278R. Organic Certification GB-ORG-17