Experience adds up to committee role.Northumberland- based Andrew Ayre has joined the national committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants' Farming & Rural Business Group.
Mr Ayre, 43, is a partner in accountancy firm Greaves greaves
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The firm also sponsors a farm diversification award scheme, an area of interest to Mr Ayre, who sits on the final assessment panel.
Educated at Fettes College Fettes College is an independent boarding and day school in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is sometimes referred to as a public school in common with the traditional independent schools in England and Wales, although in Scotland, as in most of the English-speaking world, "public school" , Edinburgh, and Newcastle Polytechnic, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1983, and became a partner in the firm five years later. A widower with two sons, Mr Ayre lives in Tweedmouth, where he owns and runs a 45-acre farm.
A keen sailor, he is development officer of Berwick Sailing Club and runs the Charity Diners Club, which has raised pounds 14,000 for worthy causes in the past six years.
Other interests include exploring the countryside, walking and cycling.
He said: "These are times of considerable change for farmers and I am looking forward to helping the group address some key issues facing rural businesses."