Scots Agricultural Society announces full new presidential team

THE ROYAL Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) have announced their presidential team for 2022/23.

Hailing from Perth this year, the Presidential Team will preside over the 2023 Royal Highland Show.

There, the region will be showcased with Perth acting as the honorary ‘host’ region.

The Royal Highland Show originally traveled between the eight RHASS member regions across Scotland, before settling permanently in Ingliston in 1960.

The new RHASS Presidential Team consists of Vice President (LR) George Taylor, President Duncan Millar, Vice President Linda Tinson, Vice President Ronnie Black, Vice President Ewan Pate and Chaplain the Very Reverend Angus Morrison. (Image courtesy of Represent)

The Presidential team serves for one year and is made up of representatives from these “host” areas – the Royal Highland Show was last staged in the Perth area in 1957.

Ian Duncan Millar MBE is the new RHASS President, alongside Vice Presidents Ronnie Black, Ewan Pate, George Taylor and Linda Tinson, with the Very Reverend Angus Morrison serving as Honorary Chaplain.

In addition to farming in Tirinie, Aberfeldy, Ian Duncan Millar MBE has held key positions in a number of organisations.

These include Quality Meat Scotland and the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association. He recently retired as President of the Moredun Foundation.

Ronnie Black is a partner in the family farm and animal feed company, Collessie Feeds, as well as a successful Clydesdale and sheep breeder.

He is past chairman of the Clydesdale Horse and Suffolk Sheep Societies, and a 2007 recipient of the RHASS Sir William Young Award.

As well as judging six different breed sections at the show, his Clydesdale mare, Collessie Jennifer, won the Overall Clydesdale Championship and the Sanderson Trophy at this year’s show.

Now a freelance agricultural journalist, Ewan Pate (FRAgS) is probably best known as agricultural editor of the Dundee Courier, a position he held for many years.

George Taylor (FRAgS) is Managing Director of GC Taylor (Farms) Ltd. This is the third generation of Taylor farmers in the Carse of Gowrie.

Linda Tinson is a partner at Ledingham Chalmers LLP and has business experience in the rural and agricultural sectors.

She comes from a farming family with a long association with the Show, and she and her extended family have been involved in light horse showing for generations.

For many years Angus Morrison served as minister of the parish church of Orwell and Portmoak, near Kinross.

Now retired, he is a former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.

RHASS President Jim Warnock said: “The Society is delighted to welcome to our new Presidential team, who will represent and promote all that is brilliant in the Perth area.

“We look forward to seeing the team’s plans to showcase the region throughout the year and at the 2023 Royal Highland Show.

“The 2023 show will be big, with the Golden Shears World Shearing Championships, so the eyes of the world will be on the show and the Perthshire region.”

RHASS President, Ian Duncan Millar MBE, added: “It is a great honor for me and for the Vice Presidents, and Angus as Honorary Chaplain.

“We look forward to making the most of our ‘Honour Year’ and showcasing the holistic nature of farming in our region and across Scotland.”

Lana T. Arthur