Meet Our Board
Peter Watson, Chairman
Peter was appointed as Chairman of the group in 2017 – after two years in the role of Vice-Chair – having joined the board in October 2012. Peter comes from a farming background, running a beef cattle and arable farm based at Darnford for 30 years and brings a hands-on insight and broad industry knowledge which is key to the business.
Mike Macaulay, Vice-Chairman
Mike was co-opted to the board in September 2013 and took over as Vice-Chairman in April 2017. 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. Mike is also a Non-Executive Director of Breedon Aggregates Scotland and a Director of Ringlink Scotland. Mike runs a herd of Aberdeen-Angus cattle with his wife at his Kinellar home.
John Farquharson, Director
John joined our board in 2008 and is a third generation farmer with over 40 years’ experience. Farming at Darley, Fyvie, John predominantly grows cereals with a herd of suckler cows. John also owns a retail business J F Supplies – Scotland’s leading supplier of liquid storage tanks, fuelling systems and creosote fencing products.
David Green, Director
President of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, David was co-opted to our board in September 2014. David is Chief Executive of Duncan Farms at Muirden, Turriff – farming 11,000 acres in addition to an egg laying enterprise with around 500,000 laying hens and is managing partner of renewable firm, Muirden Energy. David was announced as ‘Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year’ in 2014 and is the former Chairman of the North East Farm Association and currently on the committee for the 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.
Pat Machray OBE CA, Director
Pat is a former Chairman of the group – who stepped down at the 2017 AGM - and was also 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.
David Mackenzie, Director
David joined the board in September 2016 and is Harbro’s UK sales manager for beef and sheep, heading up a nationwide team of specialists. 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 December 2016 and has more than 25 years’ experience in the finance sector. In 1997, she joined the Clydesdale Bank holding 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.