SRUC announces changes to Board membership

Published Tuesday, 1st August 2017 in About SRUC news

Mr Sandy Cumming, CBE
(pictured – Mr Sandy Cumming, CBE)

Scotland’s Rural College has announced a number of forthcoming changes to the membership of the SRUC Board.

Patrick Machray OBE CA will retire from the SRUC Board on 31 July, following 10 years of service, latterly as Chairman. New Chairman, Sandy Cumming CBE, will take over for a three-year term from 1 August. This will allow momentum to be maintained during SRUC’s current period of strategic transition.

SRUC is pleased to be welcoming four new Board members, who will take up their posts in October. They are Jim Hume, farmer, former MSP and Convenor of the recently launched National Rural Mental Health Forum; Caroline Millar, Director of Go Rural and Chair of the Oxford Farming Conference; Ian Ross OBE, Chartered Forester, forestry educator and former chair of SNH; and Bruce Wood CVO, senior consultant with, and former Chairman of, legal firm Morton Fraser.

Current Board members Luke Borwick and Wilson Marshall will stand down in October.

SRUC Principal & Chief Executive, Professor Wayne Powell, said: “Pat has made a tremendous contribution to SRUC during the 10 years he has served on the Board and I'm grateful for the support he has given me since I joined SRUC. We look forward to continuing to work with Pat in future and we are delighted to welcome Sandy, who already sits on our Board, to the position of Chairman.

“Our four new Board members bring a rich and diverse range of experience and knowledge which will further strengthen our institution’s leadership during this tremendously challenging but exciting period. I would also like to thank Luke Borwick and Wilson Marshall for their valuable contribution and commitment to SRUC during their periods as Board members.”

Pat Machray said: “I have enjoyed my time on the SRUC Board tremendously. SRUC is going through a really exciting period and I am certain that Sandy and Wayne, working with colleagues across the organisation and with the rest of the Board, have the right skills to lead the organisation through change and onto an ever more successful future.”

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