Clackmannan farmer Jim Warnock has been appointed chairman-designate to the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Mr Warnock, who farms with his family at Gartfinnan Farm, has been a director at RHASS since 2010 and served as chief steward for the main ring at the Royal Highland Show for the past five years.
He said: “I am honoured to hold the position of chairman- designate at RHASS during a crucial time for the charity as it seeks to secure its future in light of recent financial challenges caused by the worldwide pandemic.
“I am passionate about the sector, supporting the next generation of farming leaders and bridging the gap between consumer and producer.”
RHASS has also confirmed its current chairman Bill Gray, who manages Preston Hall Farms in Lothian, will remain in his post for an extra year due to the cancellation of this year’s Royal Highland Show.
Mr Gray said: “The RHASS board decided that a consistent leadership team over the coming years would allow the society to plan strategically for what will be a turbulent time.
“I am honoured by their faith in my skills and will work tirelessly alongside the RHASS directors and management team to create a clear direction which will ensure the society continues to carry out its charitable remit to protect and promote the interests of rural Scotland.”
The society has also appointed two new honorary vice-presidents – immediate past chairman Jimmy Warnock from Sandilands Farm, Lanark, and James Dunlop from Kirkcudbright.