Kelso’s Gareth 
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Gareth Baird, re-appointed Scottish Commissioner
Gareth Baird, re-appointed Scottish Commissioner

KELSO farmer Gareth Baird has been re-appointed as the Crown Estate Scottish Commissioner following his first four-year term.

The third generation tenant farmer of Manorhill, Makerstoun, is also a director of Scotland Food and Drink, and chairs the South of Scotland Economic Forum for Scottish Enterprise.

The 56-year-old said: “It’s an incredible honour to be re-appointed to serve another term. Over the last four years, the Crown Estate has responded to feedback about how we work in Scotland, resulting in better communication and joint-working with communities, politicians and business.

“Our team in Scotland and London is using its expertise and resources to help drive sustainable economic growth and helping maintain Scotland’s world-class reputation in sectors such as offshore renewables and aquaculture.”

Mr Baird has been involved in farming co-operatives for many years and is a former chairman of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS).

The arable and beef farmer is a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale and a fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies.

He chairs the local Scott Country Potato Growers and is vice-chairman of Grainco. He is also chairing the BUAS Bicentenary Committee and he is chairman of the board of governors at St Mary’s School, Melrose.

Crown Estate Board members are approved by the monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Scottish Government is also now consulted on the appointment of the Scottish commissioner.