Health forces business and community leader to step back

David Urquhart (pic: John Paul photography)

One of Moray’s leading business and community figures has confirmed that he has resigned from several roles in the face of failing health.

David Urquhart, 62, has resigned as director and chairman of Elgin BID as well as roles as vice-chair of the Elgin Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, Healthy High Street and Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Heritage Trail.

Mr Urquhart has advanced prostate cancer and secondary cancer, and despite being part of a clinical trial at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London his health has deteriorated. He now faces 30 weeks of chemotherapy.

Despite his continuing health battle Mr Urquhart is maintaining his role as director of marketing, media and sponsorship with Forres Events Ltd., who run Piping at Forres, and will also remain as a non-executive director of Gordon and MacPhail until the end of September when he is due to retire.

Speaking from his home in Findhorn this week Mr Urquhart said: “It has been a pleasure working with all these groups and I sincerely thank everyone for all their efforts and contributions.

“We have achieved a tremendous amount for the benefit of the community and the City Centre as well as creating a vehicle that should help Elgin City Centre to flourish in years to come.”

Mr Urquhart as last year winner of the Highlands and Islands Tourism Ambassador Award in recognition of his commitment and passion for the tourism industry “standing apart from his peers by a love for the industry and inspiring and driving others to be the very best that they can be”.

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