New Look to NFU Scotland’s Board of Directors

NFU Scotland’s Board of Directors has a fresh look following recent national, regional and committee elections.

At its recent virtual council meeting, Highland Perthshire farmer Martin Kennedy was elected the 63rd President of NFU Scotland while Andrew Connon from Aberdeenshire and Robin Traquair from Midlothian are the Union’s new Vice Presidents.

Following regional AGMs in January and committee elections last week, there are several other changes to regional and committee leadership roles meaning that the Union’s board has a several new faces.  

The new regional chairs are Caroline Millar (East Central); Mark Donald (Forth & Clyde); Debbie Playfair (Lothian & Borders); Alan Simpson (North East) and Steven Sandison (Orkney and Shetland).  

The new chairman of the Union’s Environment and Land Use Committee is Borders farmer Peter Douglas.  Poultry working group chair Robert Thompson replaces Pig Working Group chair Jamie Wyllie as the Pig and Poultry representative on the board.   

Notes to Editors

  • The members of the Board of Directors at NFU Scotland for 2021/22 are:

    • President – Martin Kennedy, Lurgan, Edradynate, Aberfeldy.
    • Vice President – Andrew Connon, North Quilquox, Ythanbank, Ellon.
    • Vice President – Robin Traquair, Wellington Farm, Millerhill, Dalkeith.
    • Chief Executive – Scott Walker.
    • Treasurer – Rupert Shaw, Gledpark, Borgue. 
  • Regional Board Chairs

    • Argyll & The Islands – Duncan Macalister, Glenacardoch Farm, Tarbert.
    • Ayrshire – Colin Mair, Montgomerieston, Dalrymple. 
    • Dumfries & Galloway – Colin Ferguson, Knockann Farm, Kirkinner, Newton Stewart.
    • East Central – Caroline Millar, North Balluderon Farm, Tealing, Dundee (replacing Euan Walker-Munro).
    • Forth & Clyde – Mark Donald, Rhynaclach, Port of Menteith, Stirling (replacing Willie Harper).
    • Highland – Cameron Maciver, Wester Coltfield, Kinloss.
    • Lothian & Borders – Debbie Playfair, Morebattle Tofts, Morebattle, Roxburghshire (replacing Robin Traquair).
    • North East – Alan Simpson, Mains of Leslie, Leslie, Insch, Aberdeenshire (replacing Andrew Connon).
    • Orkney & Shetland – Steven Sandison, Millburn Farm, Harray, Orkney (replacing Cecil Eunson).
  • Committee Chairs

    • Combinable Crops – Willie Thomson, Wheatrig, Longniddry.
    • Environment & Land Use – Peter Douglas, Ruletownhead Farm, Hawick (replacing Angus MacFadyen).
    • Legal & Technical – Tom French, Nether Balgray Farm, Crawfordjohn, Biggar.
    • Less Favoured Areas – Robert MacDonald, Castle Grant Home Farm, Grantown on Spey. 
    • Livestock – Jimmy Ireland, Feoch Farm, Darvel, Ayrshire.
    • Milk – Gary Mitchell, West Galdenoch Farm, Stoneykirk, Stranraer.
    • Pigs & Poultry – Robert Thompson, Orchardbank Business Park, Orchardbank Industrial Estate, Forfar.
    • Specialist Crops – tbc
    • Next Generation - Peter Moss, Ocklester, Holm, Orkney.


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 28/21

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New Look to NFU Scotland’s Board of Directors

A mix of old and new faces on NFU Scotland Board of Directors.

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.

Notes to Editors.

  • The members of the Board of Directors at NFU Scotland for 2017/18 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

Committee Chairmen

  • 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

  • A photograph of the President and Vice Presidents is available on request from
  • A photograph of all staff is available on request from


Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4059

Author: Douglas Ross

Date Published:

News Article No.: 17/19

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