Farming journalist appointed new chairman of rural charity RSABI

Ewan Pate

A leading agricultural journalist has been appointed chairman of rural charity RSABI.

Ewan Pate, who is former farming editor for The Courier, has taken over as chairman of the board of trustees at the charity, following the retirement of former NFU Scotland president John Kinnaird from the role.

The new vice-chairman is well-known auctioneer David Leggat, who recently retired as executive chairman of leading auctioneering firm United Auctions.

Mr Pate said: “I am delighted and honoured to take over the helm at RSABI.

“The charity has gone from strength to strength in recent years, it is good to be part of that success.

“However, people in farming, crofting and growing face an uncertain future regarding subsidy, volatile prices and continued poor weather. I want to make sure that everyone who needs emotional, practical or financial support gets it.”

New vice-chairman Mr Leggat said: “I am now farming myself and appreciate the challenges out there.

“RSABI is a modern, effective organisation, there to help when needed.”

RSABI offers support and assistance to individuals and their families across the agricultural sector in Scotland. It runs a confidential helpline, which is open from 7am to 11pm every day of the year.

The charity’s helpline number is 0300 111 4166.