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James Hutton Limited was founded in 2015 by a merger between Mylnefield Research Services Ltd and Macaulay Scientific Consulting Ltd. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the James Hutton Institute and is responsible for commercialising the intellectual property and expertise of the Institute.

Making an impact through science, James Hutton Limited draws on the scientific expertise, intellectual property, facilities & resources of the James Hutton Institute to provide research and consultancy services for the agrifood, oil and gas, environmental, water and related sectors.

James Hutton Limited offers analytical and research services from one of the largest specialist laboratories in the UK, led by world leading scientists.

An extensive portfolio of more than 40 plant varieties is available through James Hutton Limited, many of which are protected by Plant Variety Rights and available for licensing worldwide.  James Hutton Limited plant varieties are used in some of the world’s bestselling beverages and food stuffs. They are Great British Bred to meet the specifications of customers, led by the tastes and demands of modern consumers.

The profits generated by James Hutton Limited are gift aided back to the Institute and reinvested in research.

Jonathan Snape

Jonathan Snape

Commercial Director

Responsible for new business development including licensing plant varieties and patented technologies, analytical services and project management.

Gareth Newman

Gareth Newman

Service Delivery Manager

Based at James Hutton Limited's Aberdeen site, Gareth is responsible for ensuring efficiency in our Analytical Service offering and helping to deliver fantastic customer experiences.

Lesley Beaton

Lesley Beaton

Senior Commercialisation and Licensing Manager

Responsible for licensing plant varieties, collecting royalties and managing projects.

David Somerville

David Somerville

Project Manager

Responsible for the provision of a dedicated contract project management service, predominantly for multi-partner academic and commercial company, collaborative scientific research projects.

Angela McNally

Angela McNally

PA to the Directors

PA to the Directors and HR support

Jo Skoyles

Jo Skoyles

Group Administrator (Aberdeen)

Laura Paterson

Laura Paterson

Marketing Manager

Based in Dundee and responsible for developing and implementing the marketing strategy for all areas of James Hutton Limited.

Iain Mayer

Iain Mayer

Business Development Manager, Analytical Services

Responsible for further developing James Hutton Limited's commercial activities and growing the analytical service business, Iain engages with new and existing customers, ensuring needs are met with the best possible scientific solutions.

Jamie Smith

Jamie Smith

Business Development Manager, Agritech

Jamie is responsible for assessing the needs of James Hutton Limited's agricultural customers and ensuring that we can supply them with the services they need at a competitive cost, from plant breeding and variety licensing to precision agriculture and IPM.  

Gill Caruso

Gill Caruso

Administrative Assistant

Sina Nickdel

Sina Nickdel

Project Associate

Sina supports David in ensuring the effective delivery of James Hutton Limited multi-partner research and commercial UK/EU collaborative projects.

James Hutton Limited, Dundee: Invergowrie Dundee DD2 5DA Scotland +44 (0)1382 568 568 

James Hutton Limited, Aberdeen: Craigiebuckler Aberdeen AB15 8QH Scotland +44 (0)8449 285 428