Robert Burns Statue: MM Search Continues Support

June 2023

MM Search, Scotland’s award-winning executive search firm, is proud to support the creation of the National Statue of Robert Burns for the 21st Century.

The statue will be commissioned by the Greenock Burns Club (The Mother Club), which has the proud accolade of being the world’s oldest Burns club, and is endorsed by the Robert Burns World Federation. The statue is to be located on Greenock’s waterfront where it will form the focal point of a proposed Burns-themed heritage and leisure trail, which will encourage visitors and celebrate the area’s natural beauty.

The statue is to be created by Professor Alexander Stoddart FRSE, the Sculptor in Ordinary to His Majesty the King in Scotland. Designed in bronze, this work of art will symbolise Inverclyde’s deep connection to the Bard and celebrate Greenock’s status as the birthplace of Burnscelebrations.

Both Derek and Ken were born and bred in Inverclyde. Invested in the community, Derek is currently a board member of the Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce and Ken is a trustee of the Innerkip Society. They are committed to helping the Greenock Burns Club gather support for a project that promises to highlight Greenock’s history while helping to regenerate the iconic waterfront.

Derek MacFeate says: “Over the next year, we will collaborate with the Greenock Burns Club and the Robert Burns World Federation to help raise awareness of this sculptural masterpiece. We are honoured to have been invited to join the project’s subcommittee which has valued supporters including Lord Malcolm Offord and Sir Boyd Tunnock. We look forward to helping commemorate one of Scotland’s most famous sons while breathing new life into an area that’s very close to our hearts.”

Last weekend, the club hosted a private reception at Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Windyhill in Kilmacolm in support of hr National Statue of Robert Burns for the 21st Century. The evening was hosted by Col. Peter McCarthy, HM Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire and guests included The Rt. Hon. The Lord Lyon King of Arms, Dr Joseph John Morrow, Inverclyde Provost Drew McKenzie and HM The King’s Sculptor in ordinary in Scotland, Prof. Alexander Stoddart. MM Search were delighted to support the evening and even added some patriotic pipers in the form of Ken’s sons as the entertainment.

“We’re very pleased to have Ken and Derek involved in this historic project,” says Elliott McKelvie, Secretary of Greenock Burns Club. “MM Search’s involvement with our club and commitment to the Inverclyde area is a great example of how charities and businesses can collaborate successfully to really make a difference to communities. We are grateful to Derek, Ken and Jen for sharing the resources of MM Search, we could not have made such a success of the evening at Windyhill without their support.”

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