Sandy McGowan

Sandy works with Cygnet PEP Ltd based at Blairfield Farms, Milnathort, Scotland. Cygnet PEP are the UK’s largest exporter of seed potatoes specialising in both free and protected varieties to markets across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and beyond. Sandy has worked in the seed potato industry since his graduation from Aberdeen University in 2004 and has spent time in the employment of both the IPM Potato Group and Grampian Growers. Sandy travels extensively in his role with Cygnet PEP and has had a strong focus on seed potato exports since he entered to sector so is currently chair of the BPTA export committee as well as serving on the Brexit and Europatat committees. Having recently been appointed as BPTA Vice Chair he is very keen to engage with members and would encourage any of the membership to be in touch to discuss BPTA business.

Away from work Sandy has 2 young children and lives in North East Fife. His interests include cycling, rugby, golf, and travel.

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Angela Cliffe

Angela Cliffe

Having completed an HND in Agriculture at Harper Adams, I started my career with Ross Produce (now Greenvale AP) at Market Drayton in August 1986 as a ‘fieldsperson’. This gave me the opportunity to learn on the job from field walking, through to buying, trading and selling seed along with building up technical knowledge of the crop. I spent 14 years in the Midlands before moving to the South West to manage the early Cornish crop, salads and maincrop across the South West building relationships with growers and supplying the factory in Shropshire. In 2014 after 27 years I moved to Branston Potatoes where I am the Procurement Manager for the South West.
I was elected to the BPTA in June 2016 and sit on the ware committee.
I live in Somerset with my husband David an Environmental advisor (to many potato growers) and we have 4 grown up children. I play tennis in my spare time and enjoy walking the dogs in the beautiful South West.

Please contact Angela:

Tel: 01460 240862



Dickeya absent from 2014 Scottish Growing Crop

Follow the link below for a summary of SASA’s 2014 Scottish potato growing crop survey for Dickeya. The good news is that there were no positive findings again this year. SASA comment that these results reinforce the view that if industry continues to purchase Scottish-origin seed freedom from this damaging pathogen can be maintained.

Dickeya 2014 GCI Report by SASA

SASA Headquarters

BPTA Fishing Competition 2014

BPTA organised a successful fishing competition at Rutland Water on Wednesday, 4th June 2014.The weather promised another wash out but turned out a fine day albeit with an odd shower. Eleven anglers braved the conditions and Ross Haynes (pictured with his best fish weighing in at 4lb 9oz) was again the best individual with a total catch of 9lb 14oz.

The full Role of Honour was:

Ross Haynes - Best Individual at BPTA Fishing Competition 2014

Best Individual
1st Ross Haynes – 9lb 14oz
2nd Dougie Waters – 5lb.
3rd Paul Wood – 3lb 8oz

Best Fish
1st Ross Haynes – 4lb 9oz
2nd Dougie Waters – 2lb 8oz
3rd Mark Oughtred – 1lb 13oz

Best Boat
1st Ross Haynes and Andrew Lorimer – 11lb 9oz
2nd Paul Wood, Rob Doig and Ed Parker – 5lb 2oz
3rd Paul Shepherd and Dougie Waters – 5lb