At last Friday’s Council meeting in Glasgow (8 February), Dumfriesshire farmer Andrew McCornick was re-elected, unchallenged, as the President of NFU Scotland. Perthshire farmer Martin Kennedy and Charlie Adam from Aberdeenshire were elected as the Union’s Vice Presidents.
The presidential position is held for two years and a President can serve a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms. Anyone elected to the position of Vice President for the first time, will initially serve for two years before the post reverts to an annual election.
As Martin Kennedy was re-elected to the position of Vice President, he will need to stand again next year if he wants to continue on for more than the year. Charlie Adam will not have to stand for re-election for two years.
There were several other changes to regional and committee roles meaning that the Union’s board has a few new faces. The only new regional chairman is Alan Corrigall (Orkney). The new chairman of the Union’s influential Livestock Committee is Ayrshire farmer Jimmy Ireland, Darvel, who replaces Charlie Adam, while Dumfries and Galloway dairy farmer Colin Ferguson joins as the Next Generation Chairman.
- The members of the Board of Directors at NFU Scotland are:
President – Andrew McCornick, Barnbackle, Lochfoot, Dumfries
Vice President – Martin Kennedy, Lurgan, Edradynate, Aberfeldy
Vice President – Charlie Adam, Braeside, Cushnie, Alford, Aberdeenshire
Treasurer – Gerald Banks, Fridayhill, Maud
Chief Executive – Scott Walker
Regional Board Chairmen
Argyll & The Islands – John Dickson, Scalpsie, Rothesay, Bute
Ayrshire – Colin Mair, Montgomerieston Farm, Dalrymple
Dumfries & Galloway – Rupert Shaw, Gledpark, Borgue
East Central – Roddy Kennedy, Borlick, Killiechassie, Aberfeldy
Forth & Clyde – Willie Harper, Gryffewraes, Bridge of Weir
Highland – Martin Birse, Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin
Lothian & Borders – Kelvin Pate, Aikeyside Farm, Haddington
North East – David Winton, Haugh of Birse, Aboyne
Orkney & Shetland – Regional Chairman – Alan Corrigall, Braebister, Dounby, Orkney ; Regional Vice Chairman – Cecil Eunson, Griesta Farm, Griesta, Tingwall, Shetland
Combinable Crops – Ian Sands, Townhead, Balbeggie, Perth
Environment & Land Use – Angus MacFadyen, Bragleenmore, Oban
Legal & Technical – Jamie Smart, Balderston, Linlithgow
Less Favoured Areas – Robert Macdonald, Castle Grant Home Farm, Grantown-On- Spey
Livestock – Jimmy Ireland, Feoch Farm, Darvel
Milk – John Smith, Drumalea Farm, Campbeltown
Pigs – Jamie Wylie, Ruchlaw Mains, East Lothian
Poultry – Robert Hay, Luncarty Farm, Aberdeenshire
Specialist Crops – James Porter, East Scryne, Carnoustie