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Reappointments to Scottish Agricultural Wages Board


The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing MSP, today announced the reappointment of John Menzies as Chair of the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.  Mr Ewing also announced the reappointment of Afshan Rathore as an Independent Member of the Board.



John Menzies worked with Scottish Power for 37 years and held a number of senior posts, including Managing Director of Transmission and Distribution.  Since retiring from Scottish Power, he has been involved in a number of major projects as a consultant.  During his career he has been involved in the management of significant numbers of staff, major financial budgets and number of wage negotiations.  All of these roles have involved the requirement to assimilate and understand detailed information, listen to arguments and negotiate satisfactory outcomes.

Afshan Rathore has practised as a lawyer for over 17 years and during this time she has gained significant experience of employment in law matters.  She has also developed and taught an employment law course at the University of Dundee and acted for clients in the agricultural sector.  She has, therefore has a good understanding of the employment law issues which can arise.  Her experience on the Board has given her an appreciation of the issues specifically affecting the agricultural sector.

The reappointments are regulated by the Commissionerfor Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

Length of Reappointments and Remuneration

The reappointments are for three years and run from 1 May 2018 until 30 April 2021.

The Chair role attracts remuneration of £250.50 per day with the Independent Member attracting remuneration of £160.79 per day.  Both appointments have a time commitment of up to three days per year.

Other Ministerial Appointments

Mrs Rathore is a Safeguarder on the Children 1st Safeguard Panel.  The time commitment varies depending on the case allocated as does the remuneration.

Mr Menzies does not hold another Ministerial public appointment.

Political Activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Mr Menzies and Mrs Rathore have not undertaken any political activity in the last five years.

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board

The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body set up under the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949.  Its purpose is to make statutory Orders fixing minimum wage rates, holiday entitlement and other terms and conditions of service for workers employed in agriculture in Scotland.  The Board’s Orders are legally enforceable and the Scottish Government Rural Directorate has a duty to investigate complaints about non-compliance.  It also carries out random test inspections on agricultural holdings to ensure compliance and pursues recovery of arrears on behalf of workers.






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