Four new deputy Lords-Lieutenant for Moray have been appointed.
The deputies will support the work of the Lord-Lieutenant in Moray, Major General Seymour Monro, who has recently spearheaded the launch of the Moray Emergency Relief Fund, raising over £100k in three weeks to support those in need from the C-19 pandemic.
The appointments were confirmed by HM The Queen. They are Joan Cowe of Lossiemouth, Alan James of Forres, John Moray (The Earl of Moray), Darnaway and Margaret Stenton of Mosstowie.
Seymour Monro said he was delighted to have four influential volunteers to join the team.
“All these four have done so much in so many different ways over the years,” he said.
“They will be a great asset to our Lieutenancy team at this time of pandemic when we need to be up to strength to working alongside councilors, our communities and in local businesses. They have all already been playing a proactive role in this lockdown situation, and I know will become outstanding Deputy Lieutenants”.
Joan Cowe has been working at Anderson’s Care Home in Elgin for nearly 40 years. With her husband, Cllr John Cowe, Joan played a major part in the development and marketing of ‘Pride of Scotland’ smoked salmon and founded the ‘Seafest’ food and drink festival in Lossiemouth.
Alan James founded AJ Engineering in 1998. It has grown into an international engineering firm employing over 80 people, many of them apprentices. Alan was a founder member and later chairman of the Forres Events board which ran the successful European Pipe Band Championships in Forres from 2013 -2018.
John Moray, the Earl of Moray, is a progressive and supportive landowner actively diversifying into renewable energies, the Castle Stuart Golf Links and the new town of Tornagrain. He is a sponsor of many local charities and events, and is a member of Forres Rotary.
After a distinguished career in banking, Margaret Stenton is now a trustee of The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation and is actively involved in its work supporting organisations and charities within Moray and the Highlands. She is currently the president of Elgin Rotary.