A WEE COUNTY man has been appointed chairman of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Scociety of Scotland.

Jim Warnock is managing director of JDWAgri Ltd and he has been a Stirling area director at RHASS since 2010 before being appointed chairman designate in 2020.

During his time at the society, the 61-year-old, from Clackmannan, has served as Steward for Cattle, Sheep, Light Horse, and Heavy Horse before being selected as chief steward of the Main Ring, a position he held for five years from 2015 until 2019.

He has now been appointed chairman for a two-year term.

Past chairman of Stirling Young Farmers and past chairman and president of Stirling Agricultural Society, Jim has been an active member of RHET Forth Valley delivering classroom talks, farm visits and other RHET Events.

Jim said: “I am honoured to hold the position of chairman at RHASS following what has been a very challenging time.

"My management style is that of collaboration and I look forward to working closely with fellow directors, members, Royal Highland Show exhibitors and the wider sector as we embark on a new chapter for the Society post-Covid.

"We are aware that there is much to be done to build on the successes while working to meet the challenges of running one of the UK’s largest agricultural shows.

"I am looking forward to meeting our stakeholders and listening to their feedback so we can work together to make the Royal Highland Show even better, alongside ensuring the Society continues to carry out its charitable remit to protect and promote the interests of rural Scotland.”

The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland was founded in 1784 and supports the very best standards in agriculture, forestry, and stewardship of the countryside.

With its history of encouraging advances in education, science, technology, and craftsmanship over more than two hundred years, RHASS promotes the regeneration of rural Scotland, as well as the preservation of its poetry, language and music.

Today, in the 21st century, the society is for people who value the rural areas of Scotland and is for people who support the very best standards in agriculture, forestry and stewardship of the countryside.

Visit rhass.org.uk for more information.