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Young auctioneer Scott Chapman wins top student prize

By Alan Hendry

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Student prize winner Scott Chapman with Alan Hutcheon from the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland.
Student prize winner Scott Chapman with Alan Hutcheon from the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland.

A young auctioneer who works partly in Caithness has been honoured for being the top student in his year in Scotland.

Scott Chapman (27), from Turriff, won the M J Thomson Memorial Prize and says he is enjoying putting his skills to practical use in the workplace.

Scott auctioneers mainly at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' Thainstone Centre in Inverurie but also heads up sales at Caithness Livestock Centre at Quoybrae.

He graduated recently with a Certificate in Higher Education in Professional Studies in Livestock Market Operations and Management from Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

Scott was presented with his fellowship to the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) by its president, Donald Young.

The Scottish institute and the Livestock Auctioneers Association in England support the course at Harper Adams University to help budding auctioneers improve their knowledge and reputation within the industry.

Aberdeen and Northern Marts is a division of the members-owned co-operative ANM Group.

Scott said: “The course was excellent, and I am proud to have completed this course as well as receiving recognition for top student with this award.

"A huge thanks must go to Harper Adams and the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers for providing such a fantastic course. I’d encourage any young person to participate if they are granted the opportunity.

"I am enjoying applying my skills within the workplace and look forward to continuing to support members and customers.”

IAAS council member Alan Hutcheon said: “We are delighted to see Scott receiving this prize and completing the course. It is vital for auction companies to invest in the next generation of auctioneers, and I am sure Scott will continue to be successful in his career.”

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