An­drew stands for re-elec­tion

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

The Gal­loway farmer head­ing NFU Scot­land is to stand for a sec­ond term.

An­drew McCor­nick, of Lochfoot, has in­di­cated he will be seek­ing re-elec­tion to the post for a fur­ther two years.

Mr McCor­nick will com­plete his first two-year term as pres­i­dent at the union’s forth­com­ing AGM.

NFU Scot­land is now tak­ing nom­i­na­tions for the pres­i­dent’s po­si­tion along with its two vice–pres­i­den­tial posts.

Elec­tion for the key ap­point­ments within Scot­tish agri­cul­ture will take place at the union’s coun­cil meet­ing in Glas­gow on Fe­bru­ary 8.

The Union’s AGM and an­nual din­ner will be staged at the same venue the day be­fore.

Any NFUS mem­ber can be nom­i­nated for elec­tion, pro­vid­ing they are pro­posed and sec­onded by fel­low NFUS mem­bers.

The pres­i­den­tial po­si­tion is held for two years and a pres­i­dent can serve a max­i­mum of two con­sec­u­tive twoyear terms.

Un­der the terms of the con­sti­tu­tion, those elected to the po­si­tion of vice–pres­i­dent will ini­tially serve for two years be­fore the post re­verts to an an­nual elec­tion.

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.

Gary Mitchell from Stran­raer, who was first elected to the po­si­tion of vice–pres­i­dent in 2017, has in­di­cated that, af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion, he will not be stand­ing for re-elec­tion.

Any­one wish­ing to stand for any of the three posts should con­tact NFU Scot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Scott Walker for a pro­posal form,

It must be signed and re­turned to him by close of play on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12.

De­tails on the can­di­dates will be an­nounced on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 17.

Mr Walker said: “The job of elect­ing those who will fill our pres­i­den­tial seat and the two vice–pres­i­den­tial posts dur­ing one of the most ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing times for Scot­tish agri­cul­ture is now un­der way.

“We in­vite ap­pli­ca­tions from those keen to shape our post­Brexit farm­ing in­dus­try.

“In the run up to our an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary, 2019 – tak­ing place in Glas­gow - we will be hold­ing a num­ber of hus­tings across all of our re­gions early in the New Year.

“This will give all can­di­dates the op­por­tu­nity to speak to as many of our mem­bers as pos­si­ble as we ap­proach the elec­tions.”

Mr Walker added: “I would ask that if any­one is plan­ning to run for either pres­i­dent or vice–pres­i­dent that they con­tact me, so the union can pro­vide sup­port where pos­si­ble.

“Mak­ing our wide net­work of branches and of­fices aware of all can­di­dates will max­imise the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them to speak to the mem­ber­ship first hand.

“If po­ten­tial can­di­dates want to learn about what the roles en­tail, I am able to pro­vide a full ex­pla­na­tion of what is ex­pected.

“For those keen to rep­re­sent their fel­low Scot­tish farm­ers and crofters, these are the most re­spected po­si­tions in our sec­tor.”

An­drew McCor­nick Seek­ing re-elec­tion to the post of NFUS pres­i­dent

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