A new chairman and board member has been appointed for H&H Group.
Michael Cowen stood down after 16 years as a director, and the last two years as chairman of the group, at its AGM.
Taking over as chairman is Ian Lancaster, who was appointed a Non-Executive Director to the Group Board in February 2004. Born and bred in Cumbria, Ian has his own chartered accountancy firm in the city of Carlisle.
Ian is married to Jayne and has three sons, aged 20, 19 and 14, the two eldest of who are at university in London and Edinburgh.
Alongside his accountancy practice, Ian is involved in commercial property development and farms on a part-time basis, having three farms comprising in total of some 730 acres at Kirklinton, Scaleby and Penton in north Cumbria.
Joining the H&H Group as board member is Scottish Borders farmer Andrew Douglas.
Andrew, who farms Saughtree, and Thorlieshope Newcastleton, is a former Chairman of the Agricultural Committee of the Scottish Land Owners Federation, former Director of Oliver & Son Edinburgh and currently a proactive member of NSA Scotland.
Married with three grown up children, Andrew farms 3,000 Hill Cheviot ewes and 100 Limousin Cross cows.
The Douglas family have farmed at Saughtree since 1911 and have traded their stock with H&H for more than 100 years.
Today, Andrew regularly uses Newtown St Boswells Mart, where he sells his finished lambs and all calves.