Jake is awarded top farm­ers’ union ac­co­lade

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

WELL-KNOWN Skye NFU Scot­land group sec­re­tary and NFU Mu­tual lo­cal agent Jake Sayles has been awarded one of the union’s high­est ac­co­lades.

Jake has been pre­sented with the John Miskelly Award, which was es­tab­lished in mem­ory of John Miskelly, an ‘in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure’ who served as re­gional man­ager with the union. The an­nual award was or­gan­ised by John’s fam­ily fol­low­ing his death in 2006.

Now in its 11th year, the tro­phy is pre­sented in recog­ni­tion of those who have shown, through out­stand­ing ded­i­ca­tion and achieve­ment, their com­mit­ment to NFU Scot­land and Scot­tish farm­ing.

Jake has served as lo­cal group sec­re­tary for NFU Scot­land for nearly 10 years.

In 2016, Jake played a piv­otal role in the set­ting up of the first new branch of NFU Scot­land for many decades, to bet­ter serve his lo­cal mem­bers on the Western Isles and in re­sponse to the union’s in­creas­ing croft­ing mem­ber­ship.

Jake grew up in Caith­ness and ini­tially took up the post of group sec­re­tary in the busy Perth of­fice in 2008 be­fore mov­ing onto Skye in 2012.

Since mov­ing to Skye, Jake has grown NFU Scot­land’s mem­ber­ship sub­stan­tially.

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