Scottish Land & Estates Executive Management Team
Douglas McAdam, Chief Executive
Douglas has been CEO since 2006, when he joined following a career in the commercial sector overseas and in the UK, latterly with Thames Water. As well as undertaking the role of CEO and Board member, he represents the Scottish Land & Estates on a number of external governmental and industry groups and Boards. These include
Scotland’s Moorland Forum, National Species Reintroduction Forum, Board Member Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group, Board Member Executive Board of Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime, Board Member Association of Deer Management Groups, Police Raptor Crime Priority Group, Deer Management Round Table, SAC Council Member, Scottish Government Biodiversity Committee, Upland Coordination Group Member, Board Member Wildlife Estates Scotland
He spent over a decade in the Far East in various appointments with the Swire Group, mostly in Cathay Pacific Airways, Douglas returned to Scotland in the late 1990s. He then played a major role in building Thames Water’s business in Scotland, working both with Scottish Water and the Ministry of Defence. Douglas lives with his family in Highland Perthshire, near Tullimet.
Andrew Malcolm, Company Secretary and Accountant
Andrew has responsibility for the finances, company administration and IT. He joined in 2000 and became Company Secretary in 2003 on incorporation of the organisation as a limited company, and as such has been closely involved in its evolution in recent years. Andrew read Geography at St. Andrews University and trained as a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick (now KPMG) in London. He lives in East Lothian.
Sian Curley Membership Officer/Finance Assistant
Sian Curley joined the organisation in 2014 firstly as a Temp, she has now taken up a permanent position with Scottish Land & Estates in April 2015 as Membership Officer/Finance Assistant.
Sian deals with our members new and existing and assists them with any queries they may have. Sian joins us from Certas Energy a UK oil company based in Larbert, where for the past 10 years she was employed as a Sales Administrator at their Dalkeith Depot.
She lives in East Lothian with her family.
Tim Baynes, Director Moorland Group
Joyce Karch, PA to Chief Executive
Joyce joined the organisation in 2006 having previously been employed as a legal secretary as well as working in the import/export industry. Joyce is PA to our Chief Executive and also assists the Chairman, Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs, Company Secretary. Joyce is also responisble for organising all Scottish Land & Estates members' Long Service Awards.
Communications & Public Affairs Team
Jane Laing, Events & Publications Co-ordinator
Jane joined the organisation in 1999, after 13 years in the electronics industry. She has had various roles in the organisation over the years, becoming Communications Officer in 2006 and became Events & Publications Co-ordinator in 2015. Jane is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of our Spring Conference and all other HQ generated events and national shows. Jane is also responsible for production, promotion and distribution of all Scottish Land & Estates publications, which includes enewsletter as well as LandBusiness and is also responsible for website management.
Jane lives in the Scottish Borders.
Donald Inch, Public Affairs Officer
Donald Inch has recently joined the HQ team in the newly recreated role of Public Affairs Officer. Donald joins us from SEPA where he was involved in external stakeholder and parliamentary engagement with a focus on European issues. His role will involve the production of our parliamentary bulletin, monitoring media activity, and providing support on our political engagement. In particular, Donald will focus on identifying new opportunities to influence and engage at Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels. He will also play a key role in increasing our social media presence.
Scottish Land & Estates Policy Team
Jason Rust, Legal Adviser
Jason Rust read Law at the University of Strathclyde, before completing the Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow Graduate School of Law. He trained, and subsequently worked as a Solicitor, with Turcan Connell and then Anderson Strathern in Edinburgh. He has advised on a range of aspects of rural law, acting for landowners, owner-occupiers and tenants throughout Scotland. He represents Scottish Land & Estates on a number of legal and taxation policy groups.
Andrew Midgley, Head of Policy
Andrew is Head of Policy. He covers agricultural, forestry, crofting and land use policy. He holds a PhD from Edinburgh University which examined the cultures of nature conservation in contemporary Scotland. He worked for Scottish Natural Heritage on the implementation of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, then moved to the Scottish Agricultural College to help set up their Rural Policy Centre. In SAC he was involved in a wide range of projects including 'Farming's Retreat from the Hills' and Rural Scotland in Focus 2010. He also supported Brian Pack in his inquiry into the future of agricultural support in Scotland.
Anne Gray, Policy Officer (Environment)
Anne Gray joined the organisation in 2007, initially covering outdoor access and the implementation of Scottish access rights, including the development of detailed guidance for landowners and managers on the new right and providing feedback to Scottish Natural Heritage and recreational NGOs on its practical implications from a land management perspective. In 2009 Anne’s remit broadened to include advice and lobbying around business opportunities which arising for members from outdoor recreation and rural tourism. In 2013 Anne took up a new role within Scottish Land & Estates covering the Environmental remit. This covers renewables, water, soils, biodiversity, species reintroductions. Anne also retains the outdoor access remit. Anne comes from a farming background in the Borders, is a keen horse-rider and cyclist and has a First Class B.Sc. Hons in Environmental Studies.
Katy Dickson, Senior Policy Officer (Property, Business and Connectivity)
Katy joined the organisation in February 2014 asa Policy Officer and was promoted to Senior Policy Officer in 2016. She spends the majority of her time working on housing policy and initiatives but also covers topics such as planning, crofting, rates and tourism. Katy comes from East Lothian and studied Geography at St Andrews University before completing the Masters in Land Economy at Aberdeen University. Prior to joining Scottish Land and Estates Katy worked as a Land Agent in Perth where she qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 2011.
Scottish Land & Estates Regional Team
Drew McFarlane-Slack MBE joined Scottish Land & Estates in 2007 as the Highlands and Islands Regional Manager. Drew is the Chairman of the Highland Housing Alliance and Company Secretary of Lochaber Housing Association. He also serves as Chair of Duneland Ltd., a housing development company based in the Findhorn Foundation. Drew has considerable experience as a Director of the Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board, Convener of the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service and Chairman of Lochaber Enterprise. He was the Highland Councillor for Glencoe from 1992-2007 during which time his responsibilities included Planning and Housing management and development. Drew represented Highland Council on CoSLA and in various European agencies. He lives in Ballachulish with his wife and daughter and prior to his political career was both a greengrocer and trawlerman.
Eilidh Mackechnie, North East Regional Manager
Before joining Scottish Land & Estates in July 2015, Eilidh worked in Westminster and Holyrood Parliamentary constituency offices for 9 years, based in Argyll, Stirling and Aberdeenshire. A former constituency assistant to Sir Jamie MacGrigor MSP, Eilidh has also been Parliamentary Office Manager for Bruce Crawford MSP, as well as more recently for Stewart Stevenson MSP and Eilidh Whiteford MP.
Working alongside senior politicians and policy makers, she has built up considerable experience in the rural affairs brief, which has been complimented by her own family's background in sheep farming on Islay.
Eilidh lives near Ellon, Aberdeenshire, with her partner and their two young children. Outside of work, Eilidh is an active member of various local childrens' groups and is also a keen amateur photographer.
Rachael Wright – South East Scotland Regional Manager
Before joining Scottish Land & Estates in July 2015, Rachael spent 13 years in the Cleaning, Hygiene & Maintenance Chemical Manufacturing sector. She was a Main Board Director for 5 years, leaving to spend time with her young family. In that time, she has Co-Founded EuropeanGrain.com, an online physical grain/soft commodity exchange website business. Rachael studied Agricultural Economics at Newcastle University, is a keen horse woman and follows National Hunt Racing enthusiastically. Rachael is very much looking forward to meeting members and potential members within the South East, listening to their main priorities/ concerns and making a positive impact on their behalf at ground level.
Rachael lives with her husband and two daughters in Melrose, in the Scottish Borders.
Simon Houison Craufurd, South West Regional Manager
Simon has worked managing the family estate in Ayrshire for the past 12 years and in last 4, has taken over the running of the castle on the estate also. During his management the estate has increased its diversified businesses, concentrating mainly on leisure, and tourism. Prior to this, Simon worked at Strathclyde University, Dept of Naval Architecture, as a lecturer, and researcher, focused largely on Ship Safety Management, (having previously completed his BEng Hons there). Whilst working at Strathclyde, he also completed a part-time MBA at the Strathclyde Business School
He sits as part of the Ayrshire Leader LAG, in the Tourism Group, and has completed the SE Rural Leadership Program in 2011.
Simon outside the estate, and SLE, is interested in History of the Crawford Clan and general Scottish History, and when family commitments allow is enjoys Mountain Biking and Skiing.