After 34 years and three months working as an NFU group secretary in Driffield, Andrew Scott is due to retire at the end of November, but says it was a difficult decision to make.
Having always wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and join the NFU, he says it is a career that has never disappointed. “I have enjoyed every minute of it,” he said. “And although I am now planning my retirement I really hope to continue to keep in touch with local members who have always been so kind and hospitable,” he said.
Andrew took on his first role, as assistant group secretary to Tony Pallett, in 1984. He was promoted to senior group secretary in 1997 and moved to new offices later that year. Over the years, Andrew says that some ways of working have changed – less paper and more screen time – but the fundamentals of the job have not changed much.
“I have always seen my role as getting to know the 151 members in the branch, understand the issues they have and how the NFU can support them personally and professionally. I haven’t always been able to help directly, but hope I’ve been successful in pointing them in the right direction.
“Our members have, without doubt, made this job so enjoyable and I would like to thank everyone for their years of support, kindness and friendship. I will certainly still be at Driffield Show and other local events, and hope to catch up with people as I see them out and about.”
Looking ahead, Andrew is unlikely to be bored with plans already in place to do more gardening, walking and cycling. As a qualified radio amateur, he’s also hoping to make more use of his call sign: G7TXF.