I have a background in forestry and rural and community development with a focus on how we can maximise use of our natural resources. Having run my own consultancy business working across the Highlands and Islands for over 18 years and combining that with my lecturing I am now Head of the Scottish School of Forestry. I also hold a number of non-executive roles including Chair of the Board of Crown Estate Scotland and Board Member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Some of my previous roles include Forestry Commissioner for Scotland, Board Member of Scottish Natural Heritage, Board Member of Community Energy Scotland and Chair of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust. I am a former Head of the Scottish School of Forestry. I continue to lecture part-time, alongside my work as Executive Director of The Scottish Forestry Trust.
Forestry Policy and Law, Sustainable Land Management and Forestry for People: Policy & Practice, and International Forestry and the Timber Trade.
- Member of Institute of Chartered Foresters (MICFor): Chartered Forester
- Associate Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
I have qualifications in electrical and electronic engineering, marine resource management and forestry. I am a Chartered Forester. I have worked in rural and community development for 25 years and have specific skills/ knowledge in land reform, community and stakeholder engagement, land management including forestry, strategic and business planning.
Community and social forestry, forestry governance, and engaging new entrants to forestry.