Bill Romanis established Rural Projects in 1998.

Under his management the business rapidly expanded and since then has proved capable of delivering small exhibitions for only a few hundred people through to national events attracting hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of visitors.

At Rural Projects we are committed to constantly improving the service we offer, developing the events we are responsible for and seeking new innovations and opportunities. If you would like to discuss any aspect of our business then please get in touch.

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AgriScot received a commendation in the Best Exhibition Category in the Scottish Events Awards 2015

NOEA Awards logo 2013 finalist - small

Gardening Scotland and The Scottish Birdfair finalists


Gardening Scotland ‘Best Large Event’ Finalist


Scottish Birdfair – ‘Best Small Festival’ winner

Meet our dedicated events team

Martin Dare

Managing Director

Martin joined Rural Projects in 2000 with a background in Human Resource Management. His HR career was primarily focused on employee recognition schemes involving a strong organisational role and so a move to the events industry was a logical progression. Martin has overall responsibility for each of Rural Projects’ events.

Fraser McQueen

Operations Manager

Fraser joined the team in May 2016 having graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with an Honours Degree in Business Management with Festivals and Events. Fraser is involved with all aspects of Rural Projects’ portfolio of events but has particular responsibility for operational matters.

John MacInnes
John MacInnes

AgriScot Trade Stand Manager

John worked with Rural Projects as a full time member of the team between 2001 and 2006. John then returned to manage the family farm on Iona but continues to work with the team on a consultancy basis. John is the AgriScot Trade Stand Manager and can help with any enquiries relating to the event.

Heather Burnside

Finance & Accounts

Heather from Accounts and Taxation Services is Rural Projects’ Accountant. Heather has worked with the team for over 10 years and as well as providing sound financial advice for the company and its events she also masterminds the cash handling and gate management processes for Gardening Scotland.

Christopher Howe


Topher, or ‘Danish’ as he is also known by the team, is Rural Projects’ on site ‘fixer.’ Possessing great resourcefulness and ingenuity he is a well known face at AgriScot and Gardening Scotland and has proved an extremely valuable asset in the build up and breakdown of events.

Lotta Robertson

Lotta joined Rural Projects in 2017 as an intern eager to learn. Then having graduated at UWS with an Honours Degree in Events Management she has continued her work within the team with involvement across all events organised by Rural Projects.  Lotta’s main responsibility at Rural Projects is providing digital marketing for each event.