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2022 Chieftain

The Chair and Board of Directors are delighted to confirm Stephen Leckie as the 2022 Chieftain. 

Stephen is a local man and Chairman and CEO of the Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels.  He is the fifth generation of his family to run the Hydro which is a truly family affair.  The Crieff Hydro opened in 1868 and is now the oldest trading company in Scotland and since Stephen took the helm in 1994 over £50 million has been invested to make it a true leisure resort competing on the world stage and bringing many visitors to Crieff and the surrounding area.  It is fitting that a local man who has done so much for Crieff over the years receives this honour. 

Stephen has said, “Being Crieff born and bred I feel as if the Games are in my DNA so I'm proud to be supporting the Games and do all I can to promote them.  I've such fond memories of competing when I was younger and got a great deal out of the experience.  I think it's really important that we all play our part in giving young people the opportunity to take up and continue these traditional Scottish skills - whether that be in dancing, piping or sporting events.  And of course, I'm delighted to see solo Piping back this year.”

Anna McLean, Chair of Crieff Highland Gathering  said, “Both myself and the Directors of CHG are delighted he has accepted this role and so glad it is now coming to fruition after the cancellation of the last two years.  We are extremely proud of Crieff Highland Gatherings reputation as Scotland’s Premier Highland Games and are looking forward to making a comeback after our two year absence, we are sure that it is going to be bigger and better than ever.”