Neil Oliver was confirmed as National Trust for Scotland president. Photo: Bill Osment/NTS

Neil Oliver was confirmed as National Trust for Scotland president. Photo: Bill Osment/NTS

National Trust for Scotland members have confirmed Neil Oliver as the charity’s new president.

About 100 members approved the appointment at the group’s annual meeting in Dundee on Saturday.

The television presenter and archaeologist will take over from Lord Lindsay in the post. He told the gathering he was excited at taking on his new role.

The meeting also approved appointments to the charity’s board. Following a ballot of members, Veronica Morriss will serve another term on the board, David Mitchell and David Leslie join for the first time. Steve Langmead has been co-opted to the board.

Sir Peter Erskine, Peter Ord and Ian Doig stepped down.

National Trust chief executive Simon Skinner. Photo: NTS

National Trust chief executive Simon Skinner. Photo: NTS

NTS chief executive Simon Skinner provided an update on the charity’s work over the past year, the progress on its change programme and priority projects at Culzean Castle, Brodick Castle, Brodie Castle and Newhailes, and Project Reveal – a nationwide project to document every item in its collection.

Two awards were also made at the event: the George Waterson Memorial Award is for staff and volunteers who make an outstanding contribution to the charity. Dave Hector, Thistle Camp leader volunteer and Alex Barr-Sim, Ben Lomond bunkhouse property assistant were this year’s recipients.

The Colin Donald Environmental Law Award was awarded to Leo Lehr, an Austrian masters student at the University of Edinburgh. Leo’s essay The struggle to enact legal ‘carbon capture and storage’ regimes.

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