With a passion for farming, the great outdoors and all that the Scottish Borders throws my way, I am probably at my happiest at the controls of the combine – preferably with my granddaughter or grandson on my knees. As it is, my job keeps me too often than not anchored behind my desk or wheel of the car scrutinising the tracks of other combines! Least favourite job is dealing with irritating unnecessary admin and then being reminded to do it!
Top 5 favourite pastimes are skiing in thigh high powder, the weekly game of 5 aside football (on the winning side), watching Scotland beat anyone at anything, playing hockey for either Gala Reivers, Peebles or the Veterans or a combination of both, family gatherings – I am one of 6 with 4 children of my own – so these don’t tend to be quiet teetotal affairs!
Favourite tipple : Grouse and water 50/50 or a decent red
If I had things my way I would spend my days navigating my boat around the Western Isles but as real life prevails, I navigate the lanes and hedgerows of the Borders for Seed and Co where I have worked for the past 14 years. After graduating from RAC Cirencester I worked for Buccleuch Estates for 5 years and then Savills before the pull of the high seas took me on an odyssey around the world. Meeting my wife to be as I disembarked 2 years later brought me finally back to the Borders and a career dealing with the great wide open.
I sail as often as my wife and young family allow me – this can often take some persuasion! Otherwise I make do with a busy family life, a bit of shooting, plenty swimming, occasional skiing and quite a lot ferrying the kids here and there……..this is only the start of another long voyage!
Favourite tipple : Knob Creek Bourbon (neat)
Janie SeedDirector / Part-Time Administrator
I have been involved with Seed & Co since the business moved from being Seed & Leeming at Stitchill to Seed & Co at Cothill in 1999. David & I converted disused farm buildings at the bottom of our garden into office facilities & the business has steadily grown from there, with new conversions every time we needed to expand.
I am now a Director in Seed & Co but have turned my hand to most aspects of the office administration over the years. Living next door to the office has been hugely convenient while bringing up a family of four children & the next generation are now actively involved in either the farm or the surveying.
Alison WoodhouseAccounts Administrator
I moved to the Scottish Borders from mid Wales and joined Seed and Co as a temporary Accounts Administrator and 9 years down the line I am still working here! I previously worked in accounts for a veterinary practice and was also involved in running a family business. Animals and Land Agency hold some things in common: a wide variety of challenges with no behaviour guaranteed!
Half Scottish and half German and married to a Welshman I am a fervent supporter of Scotland which makes our household quite animated during the rugby season. Cats and astronomy also give me a lot of pleasure and we share our house with 4 rescue felines and a 5” telescope.
Favourite tipple: Bacardi and Diet Coke.
Christine NisbetAccounts Administrator
I joined Seed and Co in 2012 as Accounts Administrator and Farm Secretary having worked in accountancy, estate agency and event management in North Yorkshire (a born and bred Yorkshire lass) and the Scottish Borders. I am also Secretary for SAAVA (Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association).
I love to bake, walk with Murphy my black Labrador and clay pigeon shooting are favourite pastimes – Murphy understands clay pigeons just as much as the real thing! My new found hobby is doing cushions on my new sewing machine – could Sewing Bee be the next big challenge!
Favourite tipple: Gin and Tonic
Frances ReidHead of Accounts
16 years working at Seed and Co makes me the longest serving member of staff as Head of Accounts. I am a part qualified accountant, with 12 years previous experience in administration prior to joining Seed and Co, with companies covering everything from counting traffic on the Forth Road Bridge to selling sunshine in a booth.
In my spare time I love going to gigs, learning to bake, walking Alfie my Staffi/Collie cross and volunteering for Berwickshire Agricultural Show. I am a complete Americophile and am a frequent visitor to the East Coast of the USA.
Favourite tipple: Vodka Soda and Lime
Janet McIntoshProperty Administrator
I travelled a long way 9 years ago to find my position as PA and Property Administrator with Seed and Co – non-stop from Down Under! I had been working in New South Wales for the Construction Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and in Real Estate where the climate was better but the accent was thicker! Having dual nationality allows me to pick and choose where my sporting allegiances lie!
I love spending time with my family and in my garden and have a special affinity for daffodils and buddleia. Shopping is also a favourite pastime, preferably when I have the whole day to myself. Jack is my Australian Silky/Pomeranian Terrier who came back with me to the Borders and most definitely barks in his native language!
Favourite tipple: Hine Champagne Cognac
Jenni DouglasChartered Surveyor
Originally from Angus, I studied Surveying & Planning at Aberdeen University before taking time out to travel around Australasia and Thailand. I moved to the Scottish Borders in 2008 to work for a predominantly Land Management and Property based company, before joining Seed and Co in April 2013. I spend a lot of my time on the road covering the length and breadth of Scotland advising Clients on many issues from CAP reform and Agri-Enviromental Grants, to AMC Loan applications and various types of valuation.
I became an RICS Registered Valuer in 2013, and am a member of CAAV, SAAVA, and the SSBVA. I also became an AMC Agent in 2016.
When not working I clear my head by walking my inexhaustible 2 Jack Russell terriers and playing netball.
Favourite tipple: Vodka Lime and Lemonade
Stewart SeedGraduate Surveyor
I began studying a BSc in Construction Design and Management at Robert Gordon University which led me to work as an Environmental Engineer on the Forth Replacement Crossing Project. I then took time out to travel Australia where I worked on a variety of farms, before returning in 2014 to study for a Masters in Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen.
Graduating with my Masters in 2015, I returned home to work for Seed & Co and train towards my RICS Chartered Surveyor qualification. In between busy periods in the office, I am fortunate to be able to also continue helping my brothers on the farm (RM & JF Seed) during their busy periods, predominantly during harvest.
Favourite tipple: A pint