Who's Who

Meet the SOPA team

Support and Development

Debs Roberts, Organic Policy Manager
Joanna Sinclair, Membership Officer

Inspectors of the Producer Scheme and Auditors of the Processors Scheme

SOPA Inspectors and Auditors come from a wide range of backgrounds but predominantly agriculture and environment or food processing and drink formulation.  All are fully qualified in auditing.  They must meet OF&G (Scotland) Ltd's Assessor Attributes to be approved to inspect farms or audit food businesses.  Performance reviews are conducted annually as well as shadow audits and regular training on organic standards, industry developments and audit procedures. OF&G (Scotland) Ltd maintains national coverage throughout the UK with organic inspectors and auditors based throughout the country.

  1. Bill Whitaker
  2. Maggie Magee
  3. David Mowat
  1. Jillian Eunson
  2. Jane Ellis
  3. Yvonne Richardson
  1. Phil Craig
  2. Claire Eaton

Board of Directors

The Board meets up to 4 times a year and offers strategic direction to the organisation.

Chair Mr Edward Smith SOPA

Chair Mr Edward Smith

of Norvite, Insch

Vice-Chair Mr Gordon Whiteford

of Lower Mill of Tynet, Fochabers

Mrs D Roberts

Farmton, Auchterarder

Mr R Baird

Roger Baird Associates
Mr A Brewster Director SOPA

Mr A Brewster

Rotmell Farm, Dunkeld
Mr Angus Elder SOPA

Mr A Elder

Chapel Farm, North Berwick

Mr C Wright

Aberdeenshire
Jean Mclean SOPA

Mrs J McLean

Mains Of Culsh, Turriff

Company Secretary

Ms Joanna Sinclair

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC is a requirement of certification.  It is an independent OF&G (Scotland) Ltd Committee with related industry expertise that meets regularly to review the certification operations conducted by inspectors, auditors and certification officers. It is the TAC responsibility to ensure the SOPA organic standards are being implemented correctly and organic integrity is protected throughout the certification process and supply chain.


PO Box Golspie, KW106AA
Email: info@sopa.org.uk Tel: 0300 772 9795

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