Candidates Throw Hats into the Ring for Union’s Presidential Elections

Deadline for proposal forms to be submitted is Friday 12 December

Six candidates have now confirmed that they will be standing in NFU Scotland’s elections for the positions of President and Vice Presidents.

The elections are to take place at the Union’s council meeting at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews on Tuesday 10 February 2015.

Although the deadline for candidates to submit their proposal form is Friday, 12 December, some candidates have already declared their intention to stand.

The term of office for President, currently held by Nigel Miller, is open for election every two years.   Nigel, has come to the end of his term after serving four years as President.   No President can stand for more than two terms.

Allan Bowie and Rob Livesey current Vice Presidents and Andrew Moir, Combinable Crops Committee Chairman have confirmed they will be standing for President.

Rob Livesey and Andrew Moir will also run for Vice President. Andrew McCornick Dumfries and Galloway’s current Regional Board Chairman, Kelvin Pate current Vice Chairman of the Lothian and Borders Regional Board and John Smith Chairman of the Legal and Technical Committee have also declared their intention to stand for a Vice President position.

Members of NFU Scotland’s council – a body made up from representatives of each of the Union’s 73 branches - will select the successful candidates. The council meeting follows the Union’s AGM and Annual Dinner being held in the same venue the previous day (Monday, 9 February).

Those wishing to stand for these positions should contact NFU Scotland Chief Executive Scott Walker to obtain a proposal form, which must then be signed and returned to him by close of play on Friday, 12 December 2014.

NFU Scotland Chief Executive, Scott Walker commented:

“With four weeks to go until nominations close for the positions of President and Vice Presidents we know we are going to have an election for both positions.   For a membership organisation it is healthy to see so many people interested in taking on these posts.   With the closing date for nominations not until 12 December this is not necessarily the final field, as more people may come forward.

“Our members have a choice from a strong field of candidates on who will be the next President and Vice Presidents of NFU Scotland.

“Whoever is elected will lead the organisation and represent Scottish farmers on issues that affect all farm based businesses in Scotland.

“From discussions with the supply chain up to the multiple retailers; influencing and shaping government legislation that originates from Scotland, the UK and Europe; and working with a Scottish Parliament and Minsters; this will mean the people who take up office in February will operate on many fronts for the benefit of our members and the farming industry in Scotland.”

Notes to Editors

  • The following are biographies of NFU Scotland’s Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates.  Photographs of the nominees and contact details are available on request by contacting or calling 0131 472 4108.


Allan Bowie, The Haining, Strathkinness High Road, St Andrews
Allan is married with two sons and a daughter. He farms in North East Fife and Clackmannanshire with Christine and son Callum, majoring on growing cereals. The area farmed extends to about 850 acres on contract farming agreements. In addition, the business grazes a number of suckled calves. He was chairman of the North East Fife branch and served two years as chairman for East Central region. Allan has been Vice President since February 2009.

Rob Livesey, Firth, Catshawhill, Melrose
Rob is married with two sons. He farms Firth Farm near Lilliesleaf in the Scottish Borders with 1,100 mules ewes, 80 salers cows and 125 acres of cereals.
The Firth is a tenanted farm of 600 acres and a further 200 acres is rented nearby.
Rob has been a Vice President for the last two years, and was Livestock Committee Chairman for four years before that. He is also a past President of the Selkirk branch.
Prior to taking the tenancy of the Firth, Rob managed a large estate in south Ayrshire for seven years after leaving the family farm at Bonchester Bridge.

Andrew Moir, Thornton Mains, Howe O the Mearns, near Laurencekirk
Andrew is a contract farmer in the North East and his Thornton Farm extends to 650 acres mainly in winter cropping.
Andrew, who is married with three sons, was brought up on the family farm near Huntly in Aberdeenshire and has a background in beef, sheep and arable.
He has been the Union’s Combinable Crop Committee chairman for the last three years, as well as branch chairman, Combinable Crop Chairman for the North East and the last Aberdeen and Kincardine Area President of NFUS before regionalisation took place, with a role in the finance subcommittee.
As well as this he also sat on NFU Scotland’s Milk Committee for three years.
Andrew is currently chairman of Ringlink Scotland and Ringlink Services, chairman of AgriScot and sits on the Board of HGCA.

Kelvin Pate, Aikeyside Farm, near Gifford
Kelvin farms at Aikeyside Farm near Gifford with his wife Wendy and three teenage sons.
The farm is a 360 acre unit part of which is Less Favoured Area and is run along with 200 acres of grass let on an annual basis.
He has 800 ewes and 60 suckler cows producing Angus and charolais calves. The farm grows 1,000 bales of hay/silage and 50 acres of spring barley two thirds of which is under sown with a catch crop of Italian rye grass.
Kelvin has been involved with the Union for over 10 years and started as a livestock monitor. He was Chairman of the Livestock Committee between 2007 and 2009.
He was involved with Lantra and QMS developing the idea of a level 2 apprenticeship for agriculture.
He has since been East Lothian Branch chairman and sits on the Legal and Technical Committee and is currently Vice Chairman of Lothian and Borders.

Andrew McCornick
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.
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 current role of Regional Board Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway. He also sits on the LFASS committee.

John Smith
John Smith, farms Drumalea Farm on the Kintyre peninsula, in partnership with his wife Ruth. They have two daughters. The farm carries 350 pedigree Holsteins with a similar number of followers on land nearby.  A total of just short of 1,000 acres comprises a mix of owned, rented and seasonal grazing.  Most of the farm is down to grass, three cuts of grass silage made annually with around 60 acres of wholecrop silage in addition.

John has served five years on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the Legal and Technical committee.  Finance Committee duties have enhanced his interest and understanding of NFUS.  He is also a past national chairman of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs.

  • A round of regional AGMs is scheduled for January 2014 and, with the agreement of regional boards, it is intended that the Chief Executive and the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates will attend these events.  The events are:
2015 DateRegionVenueTime
6 JanuaryAyrshireWestern House Hotel, Ayr7.30pm
7 JanuaryHighlandDingwall, TBC7.30pm
12 JanuaryEast CentralHuntingtower Hotel, Perth7.30pm
13 JanuaryNorth EastThainstone Exchange7.00pm
14 JanuaryDumfries & GallowayUrr Valley, Castle Douglas7.30pm
15 JanuaryForth & ClydeGarfield House Hotel, Stepps7.30pm
16 JanuaryArgyll & IslandsAn Tairbeart CentreTBC
20 JanuaryLothian & BordersThe Lodge, Carfraemill7.30pm
21 JanuaryOrkneyAyre Hotel, Kirkwall7.30pm
22 JanuaryShetlandShetland Hotel, Shetland7.30pm


Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Date Published:

News Article No.: 174/14

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