Scottish Agricultural Wages Board


The Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body set up under the Agricultural Wages (Scotland) Act 1949.

The board comprises of 17 members:

  • 6 representing the interests of employers nominated by NFU Scotland and the Scottish Land and Estates
  • 6 representing the interests of workers nominated by Unite the Union
  • 5 independent members appointed by Scottish Ministers, one of whom is designated Chair

The board usually meets twice a year in order to determine the minimum gross wages payable to agricultural workers and to set conditions for holiday and sick pay entitlement.

More information can be found at the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture webpage.


Independent members appointed by Scottish Ministers

  • Kirsty Darwent (Chair)
  • Sue Stahly
  • Denise Penny
  • John Connelly
  • Malcolm Currie

Employers' representative members nominated by NFU Scotland and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association

  • Scott Walker
  • Gary Mitchell
  • Peter Thomson
  • Tracy McCullagh
  • Graham Bruce
  • Stephen Young

Employees' representative members nominated by Unite the Union

  • Paul Bennett
  • Scot Walker
  • Susan Robertson
  • Neil Grieve
  • Alison Mullen
  • Marie Menzies



Scottish Agricultural Wages Board

Secretary - 0300 244 9749

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