Ardtornish Estate Company has four board directors. They are
Ardtornish Estate Company Chair
Dennis has chaired the Estate Company Board since 2011. He co-founded the Ross-shire sustainable seafood business Aquascot in 1987, and now chairs the board of the Trust which owns the business on behalf of the 200 employees. Dennis has been a Trustee of the UK’s leading organic food and farming organisation, the Soil Association, since 2006 and chair of the Trustees since 2014. He was a founding director and is currently vice-chair of Scotland Food and Drink, the leadership body for Scotland’s farming, fishing, food and drink sectors.
In the African Great Lakes Region, Dennis has chaired the board of the Rwandan organic essential plant oils farming and processing business, Ikirezi, since 2008. Ikirezi operates with a strong social mandate, creating important income streams for hundreds of small-scale farmers.
In 2014 Dennis was awarded an OBE for services to economic development in Ross-shire and Alness.
William has been a director of Ardtornish Estate since 2008. He read law at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau. After short careers as an army officer, a barrister and an investment banker, he built up The New Covent Garden Soup Company before selling it to a public company. With colleagues he bought the embryonic Green & Black’s from its founder and grew it to an international brand which they sold to Cadburys in 2005.
He and two partners formed Nemadi Advisors in 2000 to finance early stage businesses. In so doing, William became expert in such diverse sectors as London restaurants, flower retailing, natural insulation and building hotel chains.
He is advisor to or director of organisations both public and private, including Cawston Press, a fast growing premium soft drinks brand, Samworth Brothers, a large, family owned food manufacturer and, main market listed investment trust, Keystone. He is a Trustee of The Grosvenor Estate and director of Wheatsheaf, the holding company of Grosvenor’s non-property businesses which concentrates on, amongst others, agri-tech opportunities. He is a Trustee of Aldeburgh Music an internationally renowned art and music organisation most famous for the annual Aldeburgh Festival.
He farms organically and conventionally in East Anglia. He is an active environmentalist and a campaigner for better food and rural issues, and was convenor of David Cameron’s Quality of Life Commission on Food.
Andrew joined the board of Ardtornish Estate Company in 2008. He’s a graduate of St Andrews and Aberdeen Universities, having studied Geography and Land Economy. He is a former Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor and retired Partner with land agency firm Strutt & Parker. Most of his career was spent managing and advising on rural land in Scotland and particularly in the Highlands.
He was also a Board Member of the Deer Commission for Scotland, a lecturer in Agricultural Law, Countryside Law and Estate Management at Aberdeen University and appeared many times before Committees in both the Holyrood and Westminster parliaments to give evidence on a range of rural matters on behalf of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, of which he was a Fellow and former Chairman of the Rural Practice Division.
He now lives in Edinburgh and Rome and has re-kindled his former career as an English teacher.
Hugh joined the board of his family’s business, Ardtornish Estate, in 1996. Managing Director from 2005-2015 (in an executive capacity from 2010-15), he’s now the family non-executive board member.
He’s a trustee of the John Ellerman Foundation, and chairs the Marine Conservation Society, the Open Seas Trust, and the Environmental Funders’ Network – which brings together the UK’s leading environmental philanthropists and charitable trusts.
He was formerly a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage and the RSPB, a Sustainable Development Commissioner for Scotland, and environment advisor to the UK Foreign Secretary, and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. In the mid-nineties he was on the BBC’s Rural Affairs and Agricultural Advisory Committee (advising on The Archers, among other things).
He lives in Morvern.