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New appointments at RSABI 2007 AGM

19 November 2007

Rural charity RSABI held its third AGM last week during which new Trustees, a new Honorary President and a new Chairman were appointed.

Andrew Arbuckle, Marina Dennis and Donald Rennie were appointed Trustees, along with Lady Mary Scott who was reappointed to the Board. The 10th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry was appointed Honorary President, and Balfour Thomson elected Chairman.

Andrew Arbuckle FRAgS was the Agricultural editor for the Dundee Courier for 20 years and a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 2005-07. Andrew comes from a farming background in Fife and has held posts in a number of farming-related organisations.

Mrs Marina Dennis MBE ARAgS is a crofter and hill farmer in Nethybridge in Inverness-shire. She has spent more than 20 years in public service, including time as a member of the Crofters Commission.

Mr Donald Rennie WS retired as a solicitor after 35 years and for much of this time was a partner in Connell & Connell, the Edinburgh Law firm closely linked with the history of the charity. Donald is an expert in Agricultural Law, and continues to write on the subject.

RSABI is delighted to elect the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry as its Honorary President, extending to five generations the role played by the Buccleuch family in the work of this charity.

Also during the AGM, after 6 years as Chairman to RSABI and over 10 years active involvement in the charity, Arthur Anderson stepped down from his position. On his doing so, he was presented with a token of appreciation from fellow Board members.

Following the AGM, the new Board of Trustees appointed Balfour Thomson as their new Chairman.

Balfour Thomson CA has been a Director of RSABI since its incorporation, and Vice Chairman since April 2006. Balfour is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience covering mainly farm and estate work, retiring as senior partner in Geoghegans and Company in 2000.

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