Tom Turnbull has been elected chairman of the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) at the association’s online AGM held on 23 June.
Richard Cooke, the previous chairman, has stepped down after 10 years in the post and, prior to that, 17 years as the association’s secretary. Richard now becomes ADMG vice-chairman, a position formerly held by Tom.
Tom Turnbull is owner, land manager, farmer and stalker of the Strone Estate, Argyll, at the head of Loch Fyne. With a background in estate management and sporting agencies, he is a former chairman of the Inveraray and Tyndrum Deer Management Group and has been ADMG vice-chairman for three years.
“In taking over the helm of ADMG, I am strongly aware of the challenges that we face,” said Tom. “I believe that deer management groups have never been a more vital component in the land management of our uplands—indeed, DMGs are probably the best example of collaborative land management at landscape scale in Scotland, with a crucial part to play as we tackle the climate emergency.
“ADMG’s role is also as important as ever as we work with Scottish government, its agencies and land managers across the uplands in ensuring that the outcomes of the Deer Working Group report as implemented on the ground are sensible, workable and take account of the interests of all involved.”