Women in Poultry: Dr. Anne Richmond

Learn more about Dr. Anne Richmond, Head of R&D at Moy Park in Northern Ireland
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Dr Anne Richmond, Head of Research and Development at Moy Park
Dr Anne Richmond, Head of Research and Development at Moy Park

Describe a typical day in your current role?

Every day starts with a virtual R&D team meeting, where we discuss recent work, update on projects and look ahead to see what we need to prepare for. 这些会议真的很有用——不仅可以与我的直接团队保持联系,还可以与整个业务领域的其他同事保持联系. The rest of the day can vary, no two days are the same. I could be dealing with ongoing trials on-farm, meeting various academics to discuss research, 与创新的合作伙伴公司交流或与同事分享见解 Moy Park business. My role is varied, fast paced and busy – but I love the dynamism of it.

What’s unique about your role?

I act as a bridge between academic, 基于大学的研究和更广泛行业内正在发生的实际情况——吸收来自客户和供应链不同部分的反馈和想法,确定怎么在外围买球想要合作的人. That link between academic and application is key to the role, being tapped into UK and global experts on poultry science, and the practical needs on the ground. 除了家禽,我还关注其他行业,看看是否有其他技术和流程可以借鉴,并应用到怎么在外围买球自己的行业.

What are the main challenges that you face in your role?

我面临的主要挑战之一是怎么在外围买球团队所负责的工作的多样性和广度. In the same day I could be looking into sustainability, meat quality or AI and machine vision learning. I have to maintain a strong understanding across all these areas, and that also makes my role all the more exciting.

The challenge of the pandemic is something that has affected all industries, and of course society as a whole. 目前,我的大部分角色仍然是虚拟的,这意味着失去了一种人际互动的元素. However, we have made it work, and thanks to video technology I can easily meet with people across the business, regardless of where they are based throughout the UK.

Key to overcoming all these challenges is working with such a strong team. 我很高兴能与拥有不同技能的人一起工作——怎么在外围买球每个人都能带来不同的力量.

在家禽行业中,有没有哪个个人或组织对你特别有启发?

Ursula Lavery, Technical and R&D Director Europe at Moy Park, has been a personal inspiration to me. 她是一个很好的参谋,在我在莫伊公园成长的过程中,她给了我指导和支持. At Moy Park, 我很幸运能与许多人共事,他们都是我的导师,帮助我度过了职业生涯的早期阶段. To any young people starting out within the food industry, 我强烈建议他们去寻找那些在这个行业工作了很长时间的人. 表现出谦虚的态度,尽可能多地从他们那里获取信息——他们的经验是宝贵的,考虑建议是有益的——即使怎么在外围买球不总是采纳建议!

It is great to see organisations like Meat Business Women growing membership within Moy Park. Within the wider industry, 有一种感觉是,很多优秀的女性人才在某个阶段都没有成功. 我觉得在Meat Business Women等网络的帮助下,人们意识到了这一点, industry needs to identify where we can fix it.

Have you encountered any challenges as a woman in your field? If yes, how have you overcome them?

对于企业来说,反映其所在的社会及其服务的人群是至关重要的, and I really believe things are moving in the right direction. 像我这样有小孩的母亲会发现很难平衡家庭和事业, but Moy Park have always been accommodating and open to me.

More experienced women and men in the business have helped me, 作为一名领导者,我觉得我有责任把这一点传递给梅伊公园的年轻女性——为年轻人寻找机会,帮助他们发展技能,发展职业生涯. An important part of my remit is to oversee our PhD studentships, 找出最优秀的有能力的年轻人,并帮助他们完成研究. These opportunities of course benefit the business, 但能够在学术和职业生涯中帮助别人,对个人来说也是有益的.

你最想解决家禽业面临的哪些突出挑战?

在未来几年里,全球食品行业面临着继续满足日益增长的世界人口的营养需求,同时对环境产生积极影响的巨大挑战. We are already industry leaders on integrity credentials across animal welfare, sustainability and quality. We have committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, which is the most progressive commitment of its kind within poultry.

R&D will be vital to delivering this. Across the food supply chain, 为了实现这一目标,怎么在外围买球已经做了很多事情,但还有更多的事情要做, and new ideas will get us there. That’s where my role fits in, 与畜牧部门的专家合作,致力于为人类和地球提供新的解决方案.

你认为家禽行业即将出现的最令人兴奋的创新是什么?

There are so many exciting developments happening within poultry at present. 人工智能和计算技术的进步正在以前所未有的速度为怎么在外围买球提供更多的数据. 怎么在外围买球的任务是改进怎么在外围买球如何更好地利用运营数据, labs and farms, and turning it into knowledge. If we can do that, it will be transformational, 让怎么在外围买球的流程更加高效,释放出更多的能力来应对怎么在外围买球面临的其他挑战.

在未来的5-10年里,你对家禽业最感兴趣的是什么?

This is a really interesting time to be working in poultry. 在许多方面,该行业正处于一个转折点,许多事情正在从大流行中复苏, the challenge of net zero, new government food policies and dietary trends. It is exciting to be part of the industry during this transformational period. 有才华的年轻人有真正的机会来这里并获得回报, 在未来几十年,随着供应链的创新和适应,长期从事农业食品行业.

What’s your next challenge?

Sustainability is one of the key focuses through which I look at all my work. Through R&怎么在外围买球正在建设项目,开展重要的研究,看看怎么在外围买球如何实现净零排放,并提高怎么在外围买球对环境的贡献. Who do we need to work with? Who do we need to communicate to? 这些只是怎么在外围买球继续与怎么在外围买球的客户和供应商进行这一重要旅程时要解决的一些问题.

Sarah Mikesell

Editor

Sarah Mikesell grew up on a five-generation family farming operation in Ohio, USA, where her family still farms. 能做自己喜欢的事情——写关于家畜和农作物的文章,她感到非常幸运. You can find her on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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