BERWICKSHIRE’S Lord Lieutenant Major Alexander Trotter has appointed two new Deputy Lord Lieutenants.
Major Trotter presented Dermot Jenkinson and Jeanna Swan with commissions at a small gathering of Deputy Lieutenants and Supernumeraries at Charterhall.
Dermot Jenkinson of Kames House, a former winner of Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year, was co-founder of Tellydisc Ltd, the first UK company to sell exclusive LPs and cassettes direct to the public through television commercials. He sold the company in 1983 for 11M.
In 1984 he was appointed to the board of John Menzie Plc and worked in a number of different roles including John Menzies Retail.
Executive chairman of the Early Learning Centre since 1987, he oversaw the expansion of the company from 90 to 212 stores operating in nine countries.
As executive chairman of Smythson, he successfully repositioned it from a loss making old-fashioned stationers, operating out a small shop in Bond Street, into a profitable modernised business with five stores and a mail order operation in the USA.
He left in 1999 to set up beCogent but remain on the board as a non executive director and was one of the founder shareholders of Regal Hotel Group, and a director from its inception until the business was sold to a Malaysian group in 1999.
In 2011 he acquired a 25% state in Renewable Resources based in New Lanark providing new capital to assist in the expansion of the company and has become Chairman.
He was recently appointed as a non-executive director of Scottish Friendly Association, a mutual society based in Glasgow, a director of Sun laws Development Company and a trustee of Roxburgh Estates.
Mr Jenkinson was formerly an active supporter of The Nordoff Robbins charity for severely disabled Autistic children.
He is a committed supporter of local charities in particular, although this is confined to financial support and assistance rather than an active role.
He is married to Miranda (nee Menzies), and has a son and a daughter.
Jeanna Swan is married to Richard who farms at Blackhosue House where they have lived for the last 30 years. They have three children who have all now left home and are pursuing their own careers.
Jeanna helped to build up a veterinary practice in the Eastern Borders with Renton Swan and Partners which was formed in 1980 with three veterinary surgeons and now employs 10 veterinary surgeons and sixteen support staff. She is senior partner.
She has been a trustee of the MacRobert Trust since 2001 and has also been particularly involved with the Trust’s support of The Royal Dick Veterinary College and is a “Friend” of the Dick Vet.
Jeanna has been a member of the Berwickshire Hunt for over ten years and has been involved in helping to organise numerous fund raising and other events.
She has also been a member of the South Lammermuir Riding Club for approximately 20 years and has enjoyed attending events and helping out.
She is interested in farming and the local community, through her business and also through assisting her husband at home on the farm.
Jeanna supports The World Wildlife Fund, Plan International and The Rare Breeds Trust.