Mr Neil McGowan
Neil farms in upland Perthshire as part of a family partnership. The McGowans at Incheoch run suckler cows and sheep, the main focus of the business being to produce 'functional, efficient breeding stock'. Neil has been influential in setting up a successful on-farm ram sale in recent years branded as the 'Working Genes' sale. Spending part of his school days in the Borders, Neil achieved a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold award whilst at Berwickshire High School; and before returing home to farm gained a BSc(Hons) in Agri-Business Mangement at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, won a travel scholarship to study Beef and Lamb Marketing Channels in New Zealand; and spent time working in the meat industry and for the Texel Sheep Society. He is currently a member of the R&D committee for Quality Meat Scotland. Married to Debbie with two small children, Neil says his spare time centres around family life in a small rural community, visiting other farms and 'sheep-spotting'.
For election for the first time:
Mr Hamish Lean
Hamish Lean is an agricultural lawyer and has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as an agricultural law specialist since 2000. He is a frequent practitioner in the Scottish Land Court and writes and speaks regularly on agricultural law topics. He is particularly interested in agricultural tenencies and provides a legal helpline for the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association. He is a member of the Agricultural Law Association and the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association and sits on the Law Society of Scotland's Rural Affairs Committee and the NFUS Legal and Technical Committee. He is a partner with Stronachs in Aberdeen.
Mr John Watson
"As a member of the Watson family from Ayr that has served the farming community as seed merchants for three generations, my work has provided me with the opportunity to visit thousands of farmers across the UK. In this time frame, I have appreciated the fundamental changes within the farming community that have never been experienced before.
My early career started with Sinclair McGill, continuing with ICI, before starting my own business in 1990. The last twenty three years have seen my business develop into the market leader in the supply of agricultual grass seed mixtures throughout Britain, to which I've experienced the thrills and spills of farming life. I live at Skateraw farm, a small arable farm on the East Lothian coastline, on which we primarily grow potatoes, cereal and vegetables. Our farming business is in partnership with Luffness Mains allowing me the time to focus on my grass seed business.
I have been patron of the arts through my support of the Demarco European Art Foundation. For five years we housed the Demarco archive at Skateraw and held a number of critically acclaimed art exhibitions. I have also hosted a Scottish opera performance to the benefit of 500 local school children.
During the year of Homecoming 2009 we celebrated the visit of Robert Burns to Skateraw by way of a concert of his music performed by Eddi Reader, Phil Cunningham and Ali Bain.
My hobbies include shooting, playing very bad golf and being a member of the Votadini band."
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