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Gillian Reid


I am a Rural Business Consultant within SAC Consulting’s Rural Business Unit and am responsible for delivering business management consultancy to farmers and other rural businesses.

I have particular interest in carbon management within the supply chain and in economic and policy analysis. 

Current carbon work includes facilitation of the dairy focus farm under the Farming for a Better Climate initiative, carbon foot-printing farming businesses and development of carbon tools i.e. carbon calculator.  Before joining the Rural Business Unit, I was an Agricultural Consultant.


  • MSc Agribusiness Management, SRUC
  • BSc (Hons) Agricultural Botany, University of Glasgow
  • FBAASS accredited
  • FACTS and BASIS certified

Relevant Experience

Role involves delivery of business management consultancy to farmers and other rural businesses, developing high value business opportunities with farmers, rural businesses, public agencies and other organisations. Previous work has also included data collection for various surveys and studies.

Consultancy work includes:

  • Financial appraisals, budgeting, feasibility studies and cash flow projections for farm and rural businesses
  • Carbon management within the supply chain, facilitator of the dairy focus farm under the Farming for a Better Climate initiative and development of carbon calculator
  • Technical performance reviews, including advice on crop and grassland production
  • Scottish Government administered subsidy schemes

Selected Publications

  • Reid, G (2011), Climate Change Case study, report for SRUC and Scottish Government
  • Reid, G (2008), Cost:Benefit Analysis: Intensifying or adopting biodiversity management strategies, report for SRUC as part of MSc in Agribusiness Management
  • Contributor to QMS Estimating GHG emissions from Scottish Livestock Enterprises 2010-2011)
  • Contributor to Cereal Net Margin Study, 2005, report for Scottish Government
  • Contributor to Agri-business News

Gillian Reid

Gillian Reid

Rural Business Consultant

Address: SAC Consulting, Rural Business Unit, Bush Estate, Penicuik EH26 0PH

Telephone: 01316037526

Fax: 01738627860