Meet the RHASS Director: Lynda Graham
Farming is “in the blood” for Stirling RHASS Director Lynda Graham, whose career in agriculture began from a young age by helping out her parents on the farm.
Farming is “in the blood” for Stirling RHASS Director Lynda Graham, whose career in agriculture began from a young age by helping out her parents on the farm. With sons in the industry and Lynda herself still very much involved, it’s safe to say she is a farmer through and through. We caught up with her to find out more about her involvement with RHASS.
Can you give us a brief summary of your career?
All my working life has been within the agriculture industry and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I spent 15 years in a busy Auction Mart office and I am currently an Area Manager for Rural Finance. This led onto being the secretary for Stirling Agricultural Show for over 12 years – a great role and a chance to see behind the scenes of a fantastic show. Before my sons went to school I would help out on the family farm, so I think that’s how they got involved in the industry as well.
Have you always been around the agriculture industry?
My mum and dad had a farm when I was growing up, so that was the start of it for me. I helped them out a lot and discovered a passion for it. I have since gone on to marry a farmer, so I guess you could say agriculture is in my blood.
What is your history with RHASS?
This is my first year as a Director, but I’ve been involved with the Royal Highland Show for a number of years. I’ve assisted with the stewarding of commercial cattle in the past and I’ve also exhibited pedigree cattle and sheep for years in the livestock areas.
What was your role at this year’s Royal Highland Show?
My job this year was assisting the Chief Cattle Steward with all of their duties throughout the cattle classes over the weekend. The Highland Hall has such a great atmosphere it’s a place everybody should see when they attend the Royal Highland Show.
What are you most proud of achieving as a member of RHASS?
My proudest moment of the Royal Highland Show is definitely when my son won the YFC Stockman of the Year at the age of 17 – definite proud mum moment!
Why do you think RHASS is still relevant today?
Through showcasing the best of the agricultural industry – especially livestock, food and drink - RHASS will always remain relevant. The Royal Highland Show, in particular, is fantastic for this and we attract more than 190,000 visitors every year so clearly, they like what they see!
What would you say to someone interested in getting involved with RHASS?
I would say that if you get something out of the organisation, it’s always good to see what you can give back. If RHASS has helped you then maybe there’s a way you could work with them and support others, especially as there are lots of ways to get involved. You will meet many people and make so many friends – plus you’ll learn something along the way.
If you want to get involved with RHASS or want more information on how we can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.