Committee & Officers

A Management Committee of up to eleven members plus officers are elected from within the membership to look after the day to day affairs of the society and make strategic decisions about its future in accordance with the governing Constitution.

Each Committee member serves an initial term of 3 years and can be re-elected for a second term. Members are invited to put their names forward each year to fill any vacant positions. Elections take place at the AGM, which is usually held in August or September.

The Officers (Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) are elected annually. A vice-chair is chosen by the committee at the first meeting after the AGM and must be a current Committee member.

The individual contact details of committee members can be found on the inside front cover of the quarterly newsletter. Otherwise please use the Contact Us page.

Code of Conduct for Officers and Management Committee Members - CLICK HERE

Committee Members & Officers

Andrew Harwood   Interim Chair


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Hazel Syme - Vice Chair

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Suzanne Meikle - Secretary

I’ve been involved with Shetland Sheep since 1997, after my aunt & uncle, Margaret & Alex Arbuckle first asked me to go along to the Fife Show and help them out.  We won overall Champion with our moorit ram, Rench Bede that day.  He was the foundation of our pedigree Moorit flock along with a ewe called Foxy (Foxholes Dalwhinnie). Since then we have continued to successfully show around the country and our small flock became national winners in 2012.

I have been Shows Secretary since 2007, allocating approved judges to Shows supported by the Society and I help administer the Society’s annual Flock competition.  I became a breed inspector in 2008 and was promoted to judge in 2011. In 2015 I took on the Area rep role for central Scotland and the following year I became Society Secretary.

 

John Steven

 

 

 

 

John Steven   Treasurer

I am the third generation tenant farmer at Rosebank, south west of Edinburgh up on the north facing slopes of the Pentland Hills. The family having farmed this land since 1926 and prior to this my ancestors farmed through West of Scotland. The farm is 240 acres with about 40% in grass and 60% in arable. I have recently taken over the full running of the farm however this is done in my spare time as I work for the City of Edinburgh Council.
 
As far back as I can remember we have kept sheep on the farm and in the 1980's we did diversify into an open farm for about 6 years. This introduced me to Shetland Sheep for the first time, however it was not until the mid 1990's when we started breeding pure Shetland Sheep showing them at the Highland Show. My main two colours are White and Grey Katmoget but do also have a few Black, Moorit and Spotty Sheep. I will be putting to the tup this Autumn about 70 ewes.
 
In the late 1990s I joined the SSBG and have been a member since then serving on committee for 5 years. Today I am your treasurer and welcome anyone wanting to contact me, my preference is by email - john1300@msn.com

 

 

Jenny Holden-Wilde

Shetlands are such addictive little sheep that, from when former SSS Chairwoman Jeni Hill first introduced me to the breed at the age of 13, I always longed for my own flock. I had some years to wait, but kept myself busy learning to shepherd on local farms in South Cumbria. I finally got my first founder ewes in 2007 and now, my husband (Chris) and I run 30 breeding ewes which we use for conservation grazing on coastal and fell land. Producing our own breeding animals, meat and fleeces is a point of pride for us and I enjoy the banter of shows and sales. I love talking sheep and communicate daily with Shetland breeders all over the UK (including Shetland), over the pond in the USA and also Germany.
For the last 5-6 years, I have acted as a local rep for the SSS (Cumbria and a stint in Argyll) and am also the Newsletter Editor.
My special interest is in the genetics of the colours and patterns of the breed, but I am also very concerned with fluke and worm resistance. Hardiness is much valued in my fell living Cumbrian flock.  
Professionally, I work as an ecologist and ran conservation projects for charities for ten years. Our stint living in Scotland was while working on the Scottish Beaver Trial. Last year, Chris and I launched our own Wildlife Consultancy business, Wilde Ecology. We conduct protected species surveys as well as drawing up Farm Environment Plans for Stewardship Schemes and running training courses. I also hold a PGCE and teach environmental and pure sciences at the local college.
Chris and I live in a little wooden cabin in an acre of woodland with our three sheepdogs, and only badgers as neighbours. We try to live sustainably and as part of the rural community.

 

 

Christoph Klinger

I live on a small farm in Snetterton, Norfolk with a flock of about 40 breeding Shetland ewes plus followers, a fold of Highland cattle and a few British Saddleback pigs. I’m not from a traditional farming background , the last person who farmed in our family was my granddad, but I always had an affinity with farming and livestock, spending much of my childhood holidays on working farms. In 2006 when we moved to Norfolk I finally could realise my dream of buying a home in the country side that we have slowly been converting from a tiny small holding to a farm, with 25 acres owned and about 40 acres available for conservation grazing.

Unfortunately that doesn’t pay the bills (yet) and hence my full time job is in the IT industry, working and managing large IT projects mainly in the UK and NZ. But I’m interested in native rare and minority breeds that are thrifty and hardy and can make use of marginal land and assist in conservation. I’m interested in sustainable food production with low input costs while making a positive impact on the environment. I’m interested in small scale production and local marketing. I’m interested to utilise all parts of the animal, find ways to make them economically viable and therefore sustainable. You can contact me on info@willowcottagefarm.co.uk or find us on Facebook under ‘Willow Cottage Farm’.

 

 

Roger Mason


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Susan Russell

I started farming with my now ex husband who was a farmworker, with sheep and cattle at Woodpark, the highest point of land between Girvan and Newton Stewart, at the foothills of the Galloway hills in 1996. At one point we had 9 different breeds of sheep, including North Ronaldsay, Jacob, Boreray, Herdwick and Shetland, along with a pedigree herd of Belted Galloway and hill bred Black Galloway cattle. Shetlands did very well on the hill, I bought my first ewes at Carlisle in 1998, Millsteads, Lidderdale, Todhill and Campaign ewes were some of our first purchases, along with Fairisle Pewter, the first tup. Flock 2502 had its first registrations in 2000.  In 2010 the farm had to be sold, I didn’t want to lose the sheep after all those years of breeding, so I asked a friend to rent grazing at her farm outside Irvine, where I now live near my brother and his family. Presently, there are 25 coloured and white. I only show about 4 times a year, and sell my yarns and skins at a few woolly/agricultural events in Scotland. I am an Area Rep for (it seems) most of the West Coast of Scotland, and now Lanark and Dumfries/Galloway. I am a branch library manager for South Ayrshire Council, and been in this line of work since 1978.   If you want to contact email is best: woodparkwool@hotmail.com or phoning the house between 9-10pm 01294 273822 (No answerphone) or 18 Queens Court, IRVINE KA12 0HJ.

 

 

Suzanne Vestri

Originally from Exmoor, I have lived in Scotland since 1990 and now run the Koru Lammermuir flock of Shetland sheep in East Lothian, and bought my founding flock in 2007.  I currently have about 70 sheep and try to keep the flock half white sheep, with the remainder solid blacks and moorits.  I sell breeding ewes and gimmers privately, sell my fleeces to handspinners and spun fibre through some local outlets.  We sell our meat locally.  After being made redundant in 2013, I now run my own organisational and training consultancy business, specialising in governance, communications and mental health and well-being at work.  Much of my work is focused on advising boards and charity directors. I have joined the Committee in the hope that I have some board member experience to offer as well as professional expertise and a love of the Shetland breed.  I can be contacted on korushetlands@gmail.com

 

Barry 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry Watson

I'm aware that a lot of members will not know me as I reside in West Cumbria so here's some background to how I became involved in Shetlands.  My wife, Julia and I have been involved with farming and livestock all our lives so when we got married, it was no surprise to anyone that we would start acquiring land.  We started out with 8 acres and 12 sheep bought for £7 out of the local auction then Julia's parents gave us a Shetland ewe and that's how it started.  At first, we bought good strong Shetlands and crossed them with the Border Leicester to get a decent commercial ewe which we crossed with the Texel to get the great fat lambs that gave us enough money to buy more Shetlands.  Then in the 2002 we decided that we should start breeding our own pure sheep so off we went to a Rare Breeds at Skipton and bought 2 white's St Baldred's Tomasina and Sandra, a Grey Katmoget called Flitwick Eve and a light brown bletter called Chesterwood Pansy - so we had the ewes but no ram for that first year.  The following year we bought our first ram from Tony Bennett - Heatheram Winston and registered our first Shetlands in 2004.  We now run between 75 and 100 Shetlands - the pures are split into 4 groups and the rest will run with the Border Leicester.
We have had great fun showing our Shetlands, in those early years we never won anything but with perseverance, talking to other breeders and by selecting rams with the right characteristics, we soon began to produce prize winning sheep.  To start with most of our wins were in 'any other breed' classes at local shows then we finally made it by winning the female Shetland champion at the Great Yorkshire show in 2009 with Muncaster Poppy (Winston's granddaughter) and our first breed championship was at Lunesdale show with Muncaster Africa (Flitwick Eve's granddaughter).
As a new committee member I hope to help the Society to move forward and be open to all members, new & old.  If you would like to get in touch to talk about these great versatile sheep then email me in the first instance bandjwatson94@gmail.com.

 

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