Meet Our Board

Peter Watson, Chairman

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 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.


David Green, Director

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.


Alan Hutcheon, Director

Alan Hutcheon, Director

An auctioneer and former senior manager of the group, Alan was co-opted to the board in March 2018. Alan brings valuable experience to the board from his time at Aberdeen & Northern Marts, which saw him selling prime cattle, canvassing livestock and assisting in the development of the Saturday plant, machinery and equipment sales.


Tom Johnston, Director

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.


Anna Mitchell, Director

Anna Mitchell, Director

Anna joined the board of directors in January 2018. With a background in dairy farming, Anna has run the popular Castleton Farm Shop since 2008 — her main responsibility in the Castleton Farm family business — one of Scotlands largest commercial fruit growers. Anna brings considerable experience across the agriculture, hospitality and catering sectors.


Jane Mitchell, Director

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 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.


Norman Thow, Director

Norman Thow, Director

Norman, a well-known and respected member of the farming community, was co-opted to our board in December 2018. He runs an extensive family farm operation in Denside, Auchenblae near Stonehaven, in partnership with his brother and is supported by his wife and son in the day to day running of the business. Norman has farmed for more than 40 years and brings a significant wealth of knowledge and experience across the agricultural sector.