The following people have been elected to represent NFU Scotland. Members can obtain contact details for all members of NFU Scotland's Board of Directors by phoning 0131 472 4000.
President of NFU Scotland
Andrew McCornick, Barnbackle, Lochfoot, Dumfries Andrew, who is married with three sons and a daughter, was born and brought up on a dairy farm in Wigtown. Andrew and wife Janice farm their 230+ ha unit with 160 suckler cows and 600 breeding ewes with a small herd of pedigree Charolais cattle. Andrew's sons farm a nearby tenanted unit which frequently provides replacement breeding stock for Barnbackle. For as long as Andrew can remember, he has been a member of the Union, and got more involved when the consultation for Nithsdale NVZ came out. From there he went onto become vice chairman of the Dumfries branch, and then onto his previous role of Regional Board Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway. He also sat on the LFASS committee. Andrew was elected Vice President in February 2015.
Martin Kennedy, Lurgan Farm, Edradynate, Aberfeldy - Martin is married with three daughters and farms with his wife Jane in Highland Perthshire on a hill farm rising to 2,500ft. They have 600 breeding ewes, 30 continental cows and 30 Highlanders. Martin served two years as Highland Perthshire branch President, he first represented East Central region on the LFA committee in 2009 before being elected as Vice Chairman for three years. He is currently serving his second year as Chairman. He has also been chairman of Aberfeldy Show and Highland Games for the past six years.
Gary Mitchell, West Galdenoch, Stranraer - Gary operated an arable and beef enterprise until September 2007 when he switched to dairying, starting with 130 cows while converting the farm. He now currently milks 800, with all female young-stock over three months old reared off farm under contract. He farms 750 acres of which 450 acres are owned and 300 acres rented (half on a five-year tenancy). Around 150 acres are zero grazed; 375 acres are gown for silage and 225 acres are in winter wheat. Gary was Milk Committee Chairman from 2012 to 2014 and he has been Regional Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway since February 2014.
Other Directors of NFU Scotland
Chief Executive – Scott Walker
Treasurer – Gerald Banks, Fridayhill, Maud
Regional Board Chairmen
Argyll & The Islands – John Dickson, Scalpsie, Rothesay, Bute
Ayrshire – Jimmy Ireland, Feoch Farm, Darvel
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 - Jim Nicolson, Lonabrek, Aith, Shetland; Regional Vice Chairman - David Scarth, Twatt Farm, Orkney
Combinable Crops – Ian Sands, Townhead, Balbeggie, Perth
Environment & Land Use – Angus MacFadyen, Bragleenmore, Oban
Legal & Technical – Jamie Smart, Balderston, Linlithgow
Less Favoured Areas – Martin Kennedy, Lurgan, Edradynate, Aberfeldy
Livestock – Charlie Adam, Braeside, Cushnie, Alford, Aberdeenshire
Milk – James Rankin, Badenheath, Cumbernauld
Pigs & Poultry – Kevin Gilbert, Womblehill, Kintore, Inverurie
Specialist Crops – James Porter, East Scryne, Carnoustie
NFU Scotland Board of Directors 2017
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