ANM Group chairman hands over the reins

ANM Group, one of Scotland’s most active co-operative societies, has appointed Pete Watson as its new chairman.

Pat Machray OBE CA officially stepped down as chair at the group’s Annual General Meeting held at Thainstone Centre this week and will retire fully as a director in August 2017.

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The new chairman, Mr Watson, said: “I am proud to be appointed as chairman of such a diverse and important business in the North and North East. ANM Group plays a major role in Scotland’s economy supporting the farming industry and delivering a professional, quality service across all divisions to our members and customers. I look forward to working with the board, executive team and staff, implementing the group’s strategy and objectives to move the business forward on a positive basis and continue to ensure that we remain fit for the future.”

The former chief executive and chairman of the group, Mr Machray, said: “I have enjoyed my time served on the board with the support of a very capable board of directors, executive team and all our people at ANM. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and efforts over the years and look forward to working with Pete Watson. I am confident that he will be a good chairman and wish him every success in his new role.”

Grant Rogerson, ANM Group chief executive, said: “It has been a pleasure to work alongside Pat initially as chief executive and then chairman. His drive, determination and foresight have significantly benefited the business and strengthened the group’s financial position. Looking ahead, I am pleased to be working with Pete Watson and all of our board members to focus clearly on our priorities and goals for the years ahead.”

Mr Watson – who runs a 1,400-acre beef cattle and arable farm based in Darnford for more than 30 years – will be supported by Mike Macaulay who has been appointed vice-chairman. Mr Macaulay, a well-known figure in the North East, brings a wide range of business skills and development experience to the post.

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