ONE of NFU Scotland’s highest accolades – the John Miskelly Award – has gone to the union’s well-known Skye group secretary and NFU Mutual agent Jake Sayles.

The award was established in memory of John Miskelly, an inspirational figure who served as regional manager with the union. Now in its eleventh year, the trophy is presented in recognition of those who have shown, through outstanding dedication and achievement, their commitment to NFUS and Scottish farming.

Jake, who has served as local group secretary for nearly 10 years, previously received the union’s coveted Flame Award for his service to members and his recruitment and retention activities.

In 2016, Jake played a pivotal role in the setting up of the first new union branch for many decades, to better serve his local members on the Western Isles and in response to the union’s increasing crofting membership.

Angus Beaton, chairman of the NFUS Skye branch said: “I’ve known Jake now for a few years through having my insurances with him on Skye. His enthusiasm for farming and crofting is quite incredible and I am really looking forward to working with him in my branch chairman role.

“He has such diligence in his working and when he says he is going to do something, you can be certain it will get done. He is an absolutely outstanding group secretary and is a credit to the union, NFU Mutual and the wider membership. I’m delighted he is receiving this award and it is so very well deserved.”