THE Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, Clare Russell, has appointed two new deputy lieutenants.
Mrs Russell, of Ballindalloch, presented Professor Ashley Mowat and Mr Vinaykant Ruparelia with Commissions for Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Banffshire.
They were welcomed to the role at a luncheon at Ballindalloch Castle on Monday.
Mrs Russell said: “I am delighted that Ashley and Vinay have joined the Banffshire team and look forward very much to working with them. They will be a huge asset to the county.”
Professor Mowat was born in Cullen and attended Cullen Primary School. He received his secondary education at Fordyce Academy, before going on to study medicine at Aberdeen University.
His subsequent distinguished medical career has included appointments as clinical professor of medicine at Aberdeen University, president of the Scottish Society of Gastroenterology, president of the Association of Scottish Physicians, and physician to the Queen in Scotland.
Now retired to Cullen, he takes a keen interest in local affairs, and is the chair of Cullen and Deskford Community Council, a founding member and vice-chair of the 3 Harbours Committee, and vice-chair of Moray’s FLAG Committee.
Mr Ruparelia is a dispensing chemist, and proprietor and managing director of George Ellis Ltd of Portsoy. He is chairman of the charitable organisation, Books Abroad, and a founding member and director of the Aberdeenshire Life Education Centres.
He is also chairman of Turning Point Scotland, which supports adults with learning difficulties, and a founding member of Boyndie Trust, which provides unemployed adults with learning disabilities with work placement training. Mr Ruparelia, who also serves as an honorary sherriff in Banff, lives in Portsoy.