Senior Coordinator – Feed Standard
Alex grew up in Scotland and completed a bachelor’s in History & Politics at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, she worked in the development sector for an NGO organising professional business placements with start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Craving more hands-on business experience, she then undertook a 6 month placement with one of the start-ups based in Nairobi, selling clean cookstoves. Alex then moved back to the UK, this time to Bristol (much warmer than Scotland!) as a project manager for a development consulting company, winning and delivering projects supporting agricultural value chains in Central, Southern and South East Asia.
Although work experience really helped develop her technical knowledge, she decided to undertake an MSc in Food Chain Systems at Cranfield University to consolidate her scientific learning and finally put on a white lab coat (she was the most enthusiastic lab student being the only one with a social sciences background – loved pipetting!). Her thesis focused on how to utilise waste by-products as feed ingredients. Alex then joined the Soil Association as their standards manager, leading the governance, maintenance and development of their organic standards schemes, with a focus on aquaculture and feed. She is very excited to now work for ASC and focus on her specific area of interest – feed sustainability.
When not researching fish feed, Alex likes to cook and eat delicious food, train for triathlons, throw herself down mountains on skis and fuss over her 1 year old cat who has been her lockdown companion (he is called Indy after Indiana Jones).