Miller, Bowie and Livesey Head up NFUS Centenary Team

Fresh Look to Union’s Board of Directors

Borders livestock farmer Nigel Miller is to serve a second two-year term as President of NFU Scotland.

In 2013, the Union’s Centenary Year, his Vice Presidents will be Fife arable farmer Allan Bowie and Borders livestock producer, Rob Livesey.  Allan Bowie has been Vice President since February 2009 while this is Rob Livesey’s first year in the post.

Although no voting was required, the formalities of having candidates proposed, seconded and elected took place at the Union’s Council meeting today (Tuesday 12 February 2013) at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews, following the Union’s AGM and Centenary dinner last night. The Union’s council is a body made up from representatives of each of the Union’s 74 branches.

NFU Scotland has a fresh look to its Board of Directors for 2013/14 with a number of new regional chairmen and committee leads joining the top table.

President Nigel Miller, who chaired the first Board meeting of the new term said:
“NFU Scotland remains a lead organisation in Scottish agriculture because of the time and effort that those who hold office – whether at branch, region or national level – are prepared to put aside for their fellow farmers.

“This board takes up office at a hugely important time for the industry with the CAP Reform process and independence debate gathering momentum. In addition, every sector of our farming industry faces a growing list of challenges. This is a team with the skills and knowledge to meet those challenges on behalf of our members.

“However, 2013 will also be a year of celebration as we mark our Centenary.  This board, with its wealth of experience and enthusiasm, will create a great platform to drive the Union into its next 100 years.”

Notes to Editors

•    The following are biographies of NFU Scotland’s President and Vice Presidents.  Photograph of the new top team available on request.

Nigel Miller, Stagehall, Stow, Selkirkshire Nigel farms 550 hectares in partnership with two of his sons in the Scottish Borders. The upland hill farm supports 175 cows and 950 breeding ewes. Traditional beef breeds are the basis of the beef enterprise. Aberdeen Angus cross steers are sold through the auction ring with a percentage of heifers being contract finished near Kelso. The sheep flock is founded on Lairg type Cheviots. Spring barley and triticale are grown as feed. Nigel, a former vet, started his NFU Scotland career as Chairman of the West Berwick Branch and is a past Chair of the Livestock Committee. Nigel was Vice-President from March 2007 and elected President in 2011.

Allan Bowie, The Haining, Strathkinness High Road, St Andrews Allan is married with 2 sons and a daughter. He farms in North East Fife majoring on growing wheat, barley, potatoes and vegetables. The area farmed extends to about 600 acres on short limited duration tenancy/contract farming agreements. In addition, the business grazes a number of suckled calves. He was chair of the North East Fife branch and served 2 years as chairman for East Central region. Allan has been Vice-President since February 2009

Rob Livesey, Firth, Catshawhill, Melrose Rob (51) is married to Kath with two sons, Rory and Iain. Kath and Iain both work at home while Rory is a trainee auctioneer. The family has been a tenant at the 600 acres Firth Farm since November 1998. A further 180 acres are owned or let on various arrangements. The family run 1100 Mule ewes, 80 Salers suckler cows and grow around 120 acres of grain. Prior to taking on the tenancy at Firth, Rob was farm manager at Glenapp Estate, Ballantrae. Rob is a former chairman of both the Girvan (now part of South Ayrshire) and Selkirk branches. He has been Livestock Committee Chairman for four years.

•    The other members of the new Board of Directors at NFU Scotland for 2012/13 are:

Chief Executive – Scott Walker
Treasurer – George Lawrie, Grianan, Milnathort

Regional Board Chairmen
Argyll & The Islands – John Semple, Ellary Estate, Achahoish, Lochgilphead
Ayrshire – John Wildman, Overcairn, New Cumnock (replacing Jimmy Ireland)
Dumfries & Galloway – Andrew McCornick, Barnsbackle, Lochfoot, Dumfries (replacing Alasdair Martin)
East Central – James Adam, Highholm, Dunfermilne
Forth & Clyde – Tom French, Balgray, Crawfordjohn, Biggar
Highland – Hugh Fraser, Kinachyle, Scaniport, Inverness
Lothian & Borders – Ian Orr, Standhill, Blackridge, Bathgate, West Lothian
North East – Charlie Adam, Braeside, Cushnie, Alford
Orkney & Shetland – Cecil Eunson, Griesta Farm, Tingwall, Shetland (replacing Kevan Harvey)

Committee Chairmen
Combinable Crops – Andrew Moir, Thornton Mains, Laurencekirk
Environment & Land Use – Gerald Banks, Fridayhill, Maud, Peterhead
Legal & Technical – John Smith, Drumalea, Kilkenzie, Campbeltown
Less Favoured Areas – Lachlan Maclean, Calachaig, Gruline, Isle of Mull
Livestock – Alastair Martin, Horseholm, Bankend, Dumfries (replacing Rob Livesey)
Milk – Gary Mitchell, West Galdenoch, Stoneykirk, Stranraer
Pigs & Poultry – Philip Sleigh, Netherton of Mounie, Oldmeldrum
Specialist Crops – Russell Brown, Inverdovat, Newport-on-Tay


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Date Published:

News Article No.: 20/13

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