New deputies for the county of Angus

GEORGIANA Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus, has announced the appointment of four new deputy lieutenants for Angus.

The role will go to Andrew Welsh, former Angus MP and MSP; Sandy McKendrick, a retired GP; Malcolm Taylor, chartered surveyor; and the Countess of Southesk.

Andrew Welsh had a long career in politics before becoming a freeman of the County of Angus in May 2012.

He served as MP for South Angus between 1974 and 1979 and as MP for East Angus from 1987 to 2001.

He was MSP for Angus from the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until his retirement in 2011. He is also a former Provost of Angus District Council.

Mr Welsh is a current member of Arbroath Rotary Club, Arbroath Guildry and sits on the committee of the Arbroath Burns Club.

Sandy McKendrick was a GP in Carnoustie for 33 years and retired from full-time medical practice in 2008.

He was also a tutor at Dundee University during his career and now serves as an honorary senior lecturer.

In 1988, Mr McKendrick became the first chairman of the Carnoustie Community Helpline, which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2010.

In his retirement Mr McKendrick has become actively involved with the Guide Dogs for the Blind as a puppy walker, driver and speaker.

Malcolm Taylor TD is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and director and head of land management at Bell Ingram, Forfar.

He served in the Territorial Army for 17 years and attained the rank of Major. He was second in command of the 3rd (TA) Battalion, The Black Watch, and officer commanding the Tayside Universities Officer Training Corps. He was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1995.

Mr Taylor is a founding member of the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust and a member of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland. In this role he advises Historic Scotland and the Scottish ministers on matters affecting land management.

He is a former chairman of the Scottish branch of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has previously served as a chairman at the Northmuir School parent council.

He is currently honorary secretary of Webster’s High School parent council, vice-president of Kirriemuir Rotary Club and a vestry member of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Kirriemuir.

Lady Southesk represents Brechin in her new role as deputy lieutenant.

She had a career in marketing before marrying the Earl of Southesk in 1987 and taking up residence at Kinnaird Castle near Brechin. In 1990 she was appointed president of the Angus Branch of Save the Children, a position she still holds.

She is also chairman of the Forfar Branch of Driving for the Disabled with much of the carriage driving taking part in the grounds of Kinnaird Castle.

In the last 12 years, Lady Southesk has been chairman of the Brechin Youth Project which received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009.