The SGA Committee is delighted to announce that the 2020 Annual General Meeting with Grahams of
Inverness will be held in the highland capital on Friday March 6th.
As ever, we have a varied programme of UK and international speakers lined up for the showpiece
event at Caledonian Stadium, home to Inverness Caley Thistle FC.
We are also delighted to welcome the generous support, as Principal event sponsor, of outdoor
clothing and equipment specialists, Grahams of Inverness, who have been supplying our members with
shooting and fishing gear for many decades.
Established in 1857, Grahams is a household name and go-to place for all gamekeepers, stalkers,
ghillies and wildlife managers, as well as country sports enthusiasts, and the SGA is delighted to
continue our association with the store and brand. Find out more about Grahams, here: https://www.grahamsonline.co.uk
With so much change potentially afoot in our profession, the 2020 AGM is set to be a key one and
seats are expected to go quickly, making prompt booking essential (See the foot of this story for how
to book your seat).
These issues, and more, will be the focus of SGA Chairman Alex Hogg’s keynote speech to attendees
There is political focus around pheasant releasing down south and, in Scotland, our famed salmon
rivers are having to cope with a declining stock which threatens the fabric of our wild fisheries.
At the time of writing, the speaker line-up is still being fully finalised but already confirmed to
travel from Iceland is Jon Helgi Bjornsson, a landowner with an insider insight into how the prolific
salmon rivers of Iceland are continuing to hold stocks and retain anglers.
This will be of keen interest to our ghillie members and everyone with a stake in the health of our
Wild Deer Best Practice, and the need for everyone to reinvigorate it, will be the subject of a
talk by SNH’s Alastair MacGugan before the day switches to two major health concerns in rural areas.
We then welcome Jim Hume, Convener of the National Rural Mental Health Forum with Support In Mind
Scotland, who will be discussing work to support the mental health of rural workers ( https://www.ruralwellbeing.org
“We may yet have some additions to the speaker roster but, already, we have a varied programme and
we are looking forward to being back in Inverness.
“The last time we visited the highland capital on AGM day, our members had to brave the ‘Beast from
the East’ and, naturally, attendee numbers were a bit lower as a result, with the speaker programme
also having to be pared back, for travel reasons.
“That said, it was still a great event with fantastic speakers and a really engaged and
enthusiastic audience. It is important, as a sector, for us to get together and be able to discuss the
challenges- particularly the political ones- that we are all going to face in 2020 so we are looking
forward to getting feedback from the members on the day,” said SGA Vice Chairman, Peter Fraser, who
has been putting together the programme for some weeks.
The member-only day will begin with registration at 9am and the usual introductory refreshments.
Anyone wishing to attend must register their place with the SGA office on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01738 587
515, to enable the staff to plan seating and catering.
Lunch will be served at the close of the speeches and members will be made aware of menu choices
when booking their place.
See you in Inverness!