Meet Our Board
Pat Machray OBE CA, Chairman
Pat took over as Chairman of the Group following his role as Chief Executive from April 2012 to April 2015. Qualifying as a CA in 1978, Pat was Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants, Chair of Scottish Enterprise Grampian and advisory Member of Scottish Enterprise National Board. Recently, Pat has been appointed as Chairman of the Scottish Agricultural College (SRUC) and Chair of Food, Drink & Agriculture on Sir Ian Wood's Opportunity North East project. A former Chairman of the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Pat was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to the local economy and charity.
Peter Watson, Vice-Chairman
Peter was appointed as Vice-Chair in 2015 after almost three years on the Board. Peter comes from a farming background, running a beef cattle and arable farm based at Darnford for 30 years - the Darnford farm was voted Scotch Beef Farm of the Year by QMS in 2016 - and brings a hands-on insight and broad industry knowledge which is key to the business.
John Farquharson, Director
John joined our Board in 2008 and farms in partnership with his wife and two sons at Darley, Fyvie, Turriff. The farm predominately grows cereals with a herd of suckler cows. John is also a Director of Ringlink Scotland and owns a retail business J F Supplies - specialising in liquid storage tanks, fuelling systems and Octopost creosote fencing products.
David Green, Director
David was co-opted to our Board in September 2014. David is Chief Executive of Duncan Farms at Muirden, Turriff - farming predominantly cereals for its 500,000 bird egg laying enterprise and is managing partner of renewable firm, Muirden Energy. David is a past President of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society and a past Chairman of the NE Farm Management Association and is a member of the committee of Turriff Show.
Tom Johnston, Director
Tom, who is a tenant farmer, was appointed to our Board of Directors in 2011. Originally from Fraserburgh, Tom moved to the area almost 40 years ago and now runs a secure tenancy at Cottown Farm, Drumblade, Huntly. Before joining the Board, Tom was NFU Scotland's North East Regional Chairman and still represents the North East on tenancy matters today.
Mike Macaulay, Director
Mike was co-opted to the Board in September 2013. With a wide range of business skills and development experience, Mike is one of the founding members and Chairman of GPH Builders Merchants Ltd and Findlay, Glover and Macaulay, and Director of Ringlink Scotland. Mike runs a herd of Aberdeen-Angus cattle with his wife at his Kinellar home.
David Mackenzie, Director
David joined the Board in September 2016 and has worked for Harbro for more than 18 years, currently heading up a nationwide team of specialists, as Harbro’s UK sales manager for beef and sheep. He runs a mixed livestock farm at South Mains of Tillymorgan, Culsalmond with his wife Sonia, comprising finishing cattle, breeding sheep and a small pedigree Charolais herd. He also farms at Weydale Mains, Thurso in partnership with his father, Donald.
Jane Mitchell, Director
Jane Mitchell was appointed to the Board in January 2017 and has more than 25 years’ experience in the finance sector. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1993, she joined the Clydesdale Bank in 1997 and held a number of positions, including senior partner agribusiness and head of customer banking centre at the Group’s Thainstone Centre, near Inverurie. Jane is also a book-keeper at the family dairy farm, E Mitchell & Sons, Inveramsay Farm, Pitcaple: run by her father Alex, and brother Roy.
Stuart Stephen, Director
Stuart joined the Board in September 2016 and brings a wealth of experience with him to the Group. He has been president of the Turriff Show and is a director of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society. Together with his wife Catherine, he farms 700 acres at Netherthird, Rothienorman, comprising spring barley and grass. The couple buy store cattle and lambs for finishing, and have a breeding flock of cross sheep.