Thainstone mart staff reshuffle planned after retirement

Tim McDonald, John Angus and Colin Slessor.

Aberdeen and Northern Marts has announced a number of changes to its senior management team following the decision of mart stalwart Alan Hutcheon to retire.

Mr Hutcheon will cease working as auction operations manager at the livestock division of north-east farmers’ co-op ANM Group at the end of December.

As a result, the mart’s cattle sales manager, John Angus, has been promoted to the role of head of livestock. In addition to leading the marts division and auctioneering team, Mr Angus will continue to oversee the store cattle and canvassing of the business.

He will be supported by sheep sales manager Colin Slessor, who has been promoted to the role of deputy head of livestock, while retaining responsibility for the company’s sheep activity.

Other staff changes include a promotion for auctioneer Tim McDonald who takes on the new role of prime and cull cattle manager.

He will lead the sale of the prime and cull cows during the weekly Thursday sale and continue selling store cattle over 400kg in weight on Fridays.

ANM Group executive director, John Gregor, said: “Alan’s wealth of knowledge and experience working in the livestock industry has been a great asset to the group and we would like to thank Alan for his continued loyal service and wish him well in his retirement.

“Looking ahead, we are pleased to have a strong team in place led by John Angus.

“The team’s expertise, professionalism and strong reputation within the farming community will serve them well, as they continue to deliver an excellent service to our members and customers.”

ANM Group chief executive Grant Rogerson praised the structure of the new management team.

He said: “We are very excited about the future and confident that John, Colin and Tim’s progression in their new roles will ensure continuity of our services to members and customers alike.”