Border Union Agricultural Society appoints tattoo veteran as new executive director

Dan Withall, of Kirk Yetholm near Kelso, has been announced as the new executive director of the Border Union Agricultural Society.

Mr Withall joined the company after 20 years at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, where he first held a business and business development role before moving on to become the organization’s Head of Areas and Sustainability with responsibility for ‘a series of multi-million pound projects. He has extensive knowledge of the Scottish events industry with expertise spanning event planning and budgeting, crowd management, safety, health and safety and sustainability.

Dan grew up in Aberdeenshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway where his family raised and shown rare breed sheep and Belted Galloway cattle and he maintains his interest in sheep farming as an executive member of the Yetholm Border Shepherds Show.

In his new role as Executive Director, Dan will be responsible for the day-to-day management of BUAS, which operates out of the 46-acre Borders Events Center at Springwood Park in Kelso. He will lead the reconstruction of the site’s event activity as the region recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and will also be responsible for organizing the company’s four main events – the Border Union Schools Countryside Day , the Border Union Championship. Dog Show, The Border Union Show and Border Union Kelso Ram sales.

Company President Ian Fleming said: “We are delighted that Dan brings his exceptional talents and industry experience to BUAS. The Covid-19 pandemic has posed huge challenges for the whole country, especially for the event industry, so having someone with Dan’s credentials and rural heritage as the head of the organization will be invaluable as we rebuild for the future. ”

Mr Withall will take the reins on July 5. He said: “I am very much looking forward to building on the successes of the company, not just in developing the Borders Events Center as the region’s premier event venue and advancing the company’s own. key events, but championing the educational initiatives of the organization and working to provide benefits to its members. The company has a rich history and a noble goal of championing rural progress and I am delighted to play a role in pursuing this vision for present and future generations.

Amalia H. Mercado