Long-time local NFU official, Nina Clancy, says her new job as chief executive of a major Scottish charity will prove an exciting challenge.
RSABI is Scotland’s only charity working to relieve hardship among people who have depended on land-based occupations for their livelihoods.
Nina will join RSABI – which started life back in 1897 as the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution – in October after more than 20 years with the NFU.
Nina comes from the role of regional manager at NFU Scotland, where she was in charge of membership and policy within the Lothian and Borders region.
Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years as an NFU Scotland group secretary and NFU Mutual agent.
Nina, who is also a partner in a small beef and sheep farm near Melrose, will bring to her new role a unique understanding of all elements of rural life.
Speaking of her appointment, Nina said she was delighted to be joining RSABI.
“After 19 years dealing with insurance, the time felt right for a change of direction. However, I will be keeping in close contact with NFU Scotland.
“There are many people in agriculture, forestry and fish farming that find themselves in financial difficulties and hardship,” she explained.
“I am hoping to make a difference and significantly increase the number of people the charity can assist.
“Thanks to the careful stewardship of the trustees and the hard work of the previous chief executive, Maurice Hankey, staff and fundraisers, RSABI is in a good position to grow and develop into a leading Scottish charity.
“In particular, I am excited to be working with chairman John Kinnaird, who shares my vision for the charity’s future.”
Nina says her priority will be to increase RSABI’s profile, building upon existing contacts and developing a clear marketing and membership campaign.
Mr Kinnaird welcomed Nina’s appointment, commenting: “I, and many others within the farming industry, have known Nina for a number of years and know first hand both the strength of knowledge and passion she has for rural Scotland and all who work within it.
“RSABI is extremely fortunate to have Nina joining the team and we all look forward to working with her as she develops the work that the charity does.”
His sentiments were echoed by current NFU Scotland president and Borders farmer, Nigel Miller, who added: “NFU Scotland has always been hugely supportive of the help provided by RSABI to those who live and work in the Scottish countryside.
“In Nina, RSABI is gaining a chief executive with strong roots in Scottish farming and a keen appreciation of the pressures that farming families can find themselves under.
“Nina will bring energy and enthusiasm to her new role and we look forward to working with her and the team at RSABI in the future.”