BUCKIE Councillor Tim Eagle has been appointed leader of the Conservative group on Moray Council.
Cllr Eagle was only elected on to the council for the first time in May.
He admitted: "I must admit I'm still a bit shocked at how things have moved so quickly."
Cllr Eagle, who is a local farmer, is also chairman of the children and young people's services committee.
The nine Conservative councillors are in coalition with seven independent councillors on the authority.
"It's early days for us all really and I'm basically seeing what I can do and hopefully will be a calm hand on the helm."