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UK: Mike Storey to retire after 36 years

Dr R.M.J. (Mike) Storey has been a key player in the potato industry for a long time – some 36 years with AHDB and its predecessor organisations and six years in potato-focused research before that.

The time has come for him to retire at Christmas and he will be missed, not only as an effusive enthusiast and supporter of the potato but also because there is just so much knowledge of the crop that’s going to leave with him.

In 2009 Mike was awarded the PBGA’s James Hardie Award; in 2012, he was awarded the British Potato Industry Award and in 2017, received the John Green Memorial Trophy (below) for his exceptional contribution to the British potato industry. Apt recognition of a glittering career.

In his spare time, he enjoys family life, travelling, walking and birdwatching, whilst keeping an occasional eye on the exploits of Newcastle United to remind him of his Geordie roots.

We wish him and his wife, Barbara, a long, fruitful and enjoyable retirement, which has been hard earned and very well deserved.

Read the full report by Adrian Cunnington

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