Top spot for young auctioneer

Stuart accepts his fellowship from Willie McCulloch
Stuart accepts his fellowship from Willie McCulloch

A Caithness-based young auctioneer has been awarded the M J Thomson Memorial Prize for being the top student in his year in Scotland.

Stuart Slesser, originally from Mintlaw but now plying his trade at Aberdeen & Northern Marts’ Caithness Livestock Centre, has been studying at Harper Adams University since 2011.

The 25 year old recently graduated with a certificate in Higher Education in Professional Studies in Livestock Market Operations and Management and was presented with his fellowship to the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers President Willie McCulloch.

The Scottish Institute, along with the Livestock Auctioneers Association in England support the course at Harper Adams University as a way of providing the chance for budding auctioneers to improve their knowledge and reputation within the industry.

Stuart said: “It is a great feeling to now have my professional qualification after four years of study and to have won this award.”