Moray's Lieutenancy boosted by four new deputies: seymour monro

07 May 2020

Moray's Lieutenancy boosted by four new deputies

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.

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Words from the new deputies:

Joan Cowe said: ‘It is a huge honour and a privilege to be appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Moray and I very much look forward to being part of the team and supporting the Lord Lieutenant. This is an exciting though somewhat daunting role but I accept the challenge and look forward to serving the people of Moray to the very best of my ability’.

Alan James said: ‘I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Moray. I now look forward to assisting the Lieutenancy of Moray and in particular supporting the Forres area community and working with the local councilors’.

The Earl of Moray said: ‘It is a great honour to have been asked to be a Deputy Lieutenant of Moray. I very much look forward to being part of the team that supports the Lord-Lieutenant with his valuable work in Moray’.

Margaret Stenton said: ‘I am already very active in the community through rotary and the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation. I see my new role as an opportunity to further extend the work and support I can offer within Moray, particularly during this very difficult crisis and beyond.’