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 - Chairman


Maxine & I have kept Shetland sheep for 23 years starting with a small foundation flock of 6 ewes and a tup. Over the next few years the number grew to a peak of around 140 ewes of varying ages. Today the Shetland flock amounts to 30 breeding ewes plus lambs, 20 shearlings and a selection of rams. We’ve also bred White Park cattle, Gloucester Old Spot pigs, Eriskay ponies and still have a flock of Castlemilk Moorit sheep.

We started showing about 10 years ago and now spend the summer travelling around the County shows with the sheep with some success.

My past history is mainly in Scouting where I’ve been on the District Executive, taking on various roles before moving into uniform where I spent 7 years as an Assistant District Commissioner, I then spent a further 10 years as Deputy District Commissioner before becoming the District Commissioner for 12 years.

My work has always been connected to the Motor trade working on the workshop floor to selling cars to running dealerships before I took early retirement 14 years ago. After a while I decided to start again and now run a small garage and workshop 4 days a week leaving me 3 days plus early morning and evening to run our small farm which amounts to 70 acres owned and 10 acres rented.

I previously served on Committee and also served a year as Vice Chairman.



Hazel Syme - Vice Chair & Executive Committee


I have been involved with the Shetland Sheep Society for over 30 years although until recently I have never held office in the SSS preferring more to help in the background.  Whether it was as a wool steward in Stoneleigh days or trying to produce various Society merchandise and more recently our SSS calendars for the past 4 years.  However, I have been a member of the Wool Group and now sit on that group as Committee representative.

My main interests are simply anything Shetland. I am a spinner and also enjoy dyeing, felting and working with wool.  I have been very fortunate over the years to visit many Island flocks sharing and gaining knowledge on our breed and their origins.  For many years I have been involved with showing sheep and now as a judge see the show ring from a very different perspective. This is all in complete contrast to my professional role as an NHS Podiatrist.



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 Petrie - Treasurer


Born in Dunedin, NZ. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1964. Moved to the UK in 1967 for a career in international banking based in London but travelling extensively. Have been a Treasurer of various charities including Garden Organic and Citizens Advice (Tunbridge Wells). Now assistant to my wife who has bred Shetland Sheep for over 30 years.







Jayne Butters - Executive Committee


John & I live in Guestling, East Sussex and have been breeding Shetland Sheep since 1988.  We experimented with a number of other rare breeds before settling on Shetlands as our favourite. We have seen so much hard work and devotion on the part of breeders, both commercial and hobby, in this time that breeders buying for the first time now have a wonderful opportunity to buy fantastic sheep matching up to the 1927 Breed Standard.

Forever trying to keep down to a manageable number of breeding ewes, we usually come in around the 16 mark.  We have a good spread of Shetland colours and markings within our fine fleeced flock. I am a retired local government solicitor quite accustomed to Committee work.








Archie Hipwell - Executive Committee


I am a relative newcomer to the Shetland Sheep Society – my wife & I bought our first seven gimmers in April 2011. We now have a flock of around 15 breeding ewes on our smallholding near Kinross. My working life is in Supply Chain and Logistics, principally in the drinks sector. After 25 years as an employee, I have been an independent consultant for the last 13 years. I also offer mentoring and business improvement advice to small businesses and one-man-bands.

As well as the sheep we have around 20 hens and a large garden which I try to find time to keep under control. I have a range of mechanical aids to help me but my favourites are my ride-on mower and my 40 year old tractor! I believe that our sheep must reflect not just the Breed Standards but also the breed’s relevance in the modern world of farming native breeds. For me this must include not just the finer points of the animals but also their fleece and their meat.


John Steven





John Steven


The family have bred and kept Shetland Sheep for over 30 years and I have been a member of the SSS for 18 years serving as committee member for 5 years during the noughties and more recently serving as Treasurer of the Society for the past 5 years. I currently have about 170 ewes of which 140 are pure Shetlands. I put about 70 ewes to the Shetland Rams I have and the others get crossed with the North Country Cheviot Rams producing a good cross sheep. All my female lambs that do not make it into my breeding flock are sold for breeding, most of my male lambs and shearlings are sold for meat. In the past I have shown at many shows during the summer but since my serious illness and then taking over running the farm from my father this aspect of my life has lessened. Since recovering to good health I hope to start showing more extensively again.



Roger Mason


I farm on the Lancashire / Cumbria border where I operate an Open Farm and farm 250 sheep. I have 80 Shetland ewes, lambing approximately half pure and the rest are put to the Dorset tup. The Shetlands are mainly Whites and Katmogets along with a number of Blacks and Moorits and I particularly like polled sheep. I select for good conformation and wool. I like to study sheep pedigrees and follow female lines. I like Shetlands as they are a small sheep and correspondingly are low cost, yet when crossed they can produce very commercial fat lambs.



Susan Russell

2502 WOODPARK FLOCK 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.



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.













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. 










Lynne White - Executive Committee


With my husband David, we have bred and shown Shetlands for 10 years, and have a flock of around 75 sheep, mainly katmogets, moorits and blacks, breeding from around 20 ewes each year.  Shetlands are a passionate hobby of ours.

I have 30 years business experience as Commercial Manager/Administration Manager for an export focussed company, and retired 2 years ago.  I also have much committee experience: Chair of our local village hall for 10 years, Vice-Chair of the Parish Council for 7 years, and have served on various committees in our village, including secretary and treasurer posts, for diverse groups such as Youth Club, Twinning and Gardens Society.  For 5 years I was the SSS’s Membership Secretary, and feel that this gave me a great insight into our membership and the workings of the Society.

I will utilise this experience and my spare time to help the Society promote our wonderful breed, for the benefit of all the membership.  I believe new sheep-keepers need more encouragement and better support in their first few years; and that the SSS should do more to increase demand for registered Shetland sheep.  I would also concentrate on measures to keep all the membership fully informed of any decisions taken on committee, and the reasoning behind them.













Sally Wild


Currently I am the Highland area representative and a member of the wool group. We have some very keen members in this area. There is a healthy class for Shetlands at the Sutherland Agricultural Show.  For the past eight years Dornoch has hosted a Fibre Fest weekend, and now links this with a Shetland Sheep Day giving members a chance to get together to discuss SS topics and hear visiting speakers. I have initiated these events.

My background is not from a farming family. I was first introduced to Shetlands at a craft and rare breed event at the then Perth Mart 24 years ago when I purchased four Shetlands. I was then introduced to Rena Douglas and Tom Findlay, and the rest is history.  I run up to 20 ewes on 16 acres of rented land in the Highland town of Dornoch.

During the past 24 years I have considerable experience in breeding Shetlands, aiming to achieve a high standard of healthy stock, at the same time keeping to the Society standards.