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After eight years as treasurer of Melrose and Peebles presbytery, Fraser Simm, pictured, is stepping up into the hot seat as moderator for 2015-16.

Fraser, treasurer of St Mary of Wedale Church in Stow and nearby Heriot, says that it will be a daunting task, but is relishing the challenge after he takes over from the Reverend Bob Milne, of Upper Tweeddale, next week.

It is only eight years since he joined the presbytery and was immediately plunged into the role of treasurer, taking over from Grahame Henderson, of St Andrews Leckie in Peebles, and who will resume his former role for one year during Fraser’s term of office.

Fraser will be the fourth non-minister to occupy the role of moderator, following in the footsteps of Mr Henderson, the late Rosemary Hall and Tom Fairbairn.

Fraser, who was brought up in Beirut and Edinburgh, and has lived in Stow for more than 30 years, is married with a son.

He is also finance convener of the Church of Scotland’s World Mission Council and last year he visited Israel to review the three institutions run by the church in that country.

Away from the church, Fraser founded the Borders link of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline in 2001 and is chairman of the link.

A chartered accountant, he spent 14 years working in the textile industry in Innerleithen and Galashiels, is currently archivist of George Heriot’s Trust and has been chairman of the Cricket Society of Scotland since 1994.