NEW FACES and fresh ideas seem to be the order of the day at Wallets Marts, which runs the mart in Castle Douglas.

The company has announced several new appointments to the board of directors, after a period of shake up that saw several long serving members step down.

Taking on the role of board chairman is Lamont Hair, from Drumbreddan, Ardwell; with Kenny Adams, Torhousekie, Wigtown, alongside him, as vice-chairman.

Longstanding board member and past chairman of the company, Robert McKinnel, was also joined by board member Anne Maxwell, in early 2020, and they are joined by the boards’ latest addition, Alistair Davidson, Poldean Farm, Wamphray.

Completing the fresh line up, is Bruce Walton. Mr Walton, who joined Wallets Marts in November, 2019, as head of livestock, now also takes on the role of company managing director.

There have also been changes behind the scenes, in the office. The day to day running of the mart office is now in the hands of Judith Cowie, who has worked her way up through the ranks, starting as an office junior 12 years ago.

Working as a fieldsperson for the last seven years, she has been involved in the procurement of cattle and sheep for Wallets Marts and also their deadweight trading division, known as Galloway Primestock. Judith has now taken on the role of office manager as well as continuing her role in procuring stock.

Ms Cowie explained: “This year, has certainly brought many changes for Wallets Marts, not least all the challenges faced up and down the country, with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Changes to the board of directors and also the staff running the market have taken place over the last few months, with serving our customers very much our priority and at the heart of what we are doing.

“Wallets Marts would like to take this opportunity to thank all their customers and shareholders for their continued custom and support.”