Andrew stands for re-election
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