The Membership Flame – an NFU Scotland award that recognises outstanding efforts in recruitment and retention of members - has gone to North East secretaries Tommy Brodie and Ross Silvers.
Working out of the busy Thainstone office at Inverurie, Tommy and Ross – both relative newcomers to the group secretary network - have shown drive, enthusiasm and verve in re-energising their Aberdeenshire branches.
In 2015, they recruited 19 new members to their branches, securing a net increase in membership and brought in 100 percent of their subscription income target for the year.
A tremendous achievement.
Speaking after presenting the Flame Award to the pair, NFU Scotland Chief Executive Scott Walker said: “Tommy and Ross, relative newcomers to the post, have thrown themselves into the job and have been working hard for our membership locally.
“They have built up a presence both in the office and in attending local shows and have taken the time to engage with the Young Farmers clubs in their patch, building links that will stand their branches in good stead in the future.
“Both Tommy and Ross display a passion for the community they represent and are always positive and willing to try new things to improve the lot of our membership.
The Membership Flame is given each year to recognise those who have made significant progress in securing subscription income. In 2015, the award returned to Rob Beatty and Jeremy Parke