Martin Kennedy to be Returned as Vice President

Union to use Regional AGMs as platform for members to question President and Chief Executive.

NFU Scotland’s top team for 2020 will be President Andrew McCornick with Vice Presidents Charlie Adam and Martin Kennedy.

Sitting Vice President Martin Kennedy, the only position open to election this year, is to be returned unchallenged to post after no additional nominations were received by the deadline of Wednesday 11 December.  Mr Kennedy will seek confirmation of his re-election as Vice President at the Union’s AGM and conference being held on Thursday 6 February and Friday 7 February at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow.

At the Union AGM in February 2021, under the terms of the constitution, the position of President and the two Vice Presidential posts will all be open for nominations.  By that time, President Andrew McCornick will have completed the second of his two-year terms.

Mr McCornick commented: “I’m delighted that Martin has agreed to continue in the role as one of my Vice Presidents alongside fellow Vice President Charlie Adam. This continues to be a very challenging time for Scottish agriculture and having two excellent Vice Presidents adds great strength to our official team who are working to support our members and myself.”

In the absence of a contest for the Vice President position, the Union will use a planned series of Regional Board AGMs in January 2020 as a platform for all members to put questions to Andrew McCornick and the Union’s CEO, Scott Walker.

Mr McCornick added; “It is important that we listen to and communicate with our members at all times.  With there being no requirement now to hold husting events, we can use the time at these Regional AGMs to provide members with the first face-to-face opportunity in 2020 to bring forward questions to both myself and Scott.”

NFUS Regional Board meetings will take place 8 – 23 January 2020.  (A full list of venues and dates is available in Notes of Editors)

Commenting on his impending re-election Mr Kennedy said; “It’s a great honour to represent NFU Scotland as Vice President, a role I have enjoyed over the past three years.  These are very busy times for the Union, we are entering a decade that will bring great change, challenge and opportunity and I am delighted to be able to help the work NFUS is doing on behalf of almost 9000 members across Scotland.”  

Notes to Editors

  • The NFUS Council Meeting being held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on Friday 7 February 2020.
  • Booking forms for the 2020 AGM and dinner have been included in the December edition of NFU Scotland’s membership magazine ‘Scottish Farming Leader’ and are available online at: 
  • The Annual General Meeting of the members of NFU Scotland will be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow G2 8DL on Thursday 6 February 2020 at 11am until 12.30pm.  The normal business to be conducted will be the consideration of the Directors’ report; the Auditors’ report and the Financial Accounts for the year ended 31 October 2019.
  • A photograph of the current Presidential team is attached (from l to r) – Vice President Martin Kennedy; President Andrew McCornick and Vice President Charlie Adam will lead NFU Scotland in 2020.
  • A full list of all dates and venues is below.  Should media wish to attend, please email: 


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 182/19

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Bob Carruth

A dairy farmer’s son, I joined NFU Scotland in 1999 after 13 years as an agricultural journalist. Following spells as a regional manager and policy lead on milk, livestock and animal health and welfare, I became Communications Director in 2008.

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