Six candidates stand in NFUS elections

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.

Andrew McCornick, 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.

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.

“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.”

A round of regional AGMs is scheduled for January 2014, which includes a meeting at Urr Valley, Castle Douglas on January 14 at 7.30pm.