About Scottish Land & Estates

Staff Team

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L-R: Sarah-Jane Laing, Jackie McCreery, Ailsa Anderson, Andrew Malcolm, Jane Corcoran, Paul Wakefield, Jason Rust, Anne Gray, Drew McFarlane Slack MBE, Joyce Karch, Scott Petrie, Luke Borwick, Douglas McAdam, Janice Fenny, Dr Andrew Midgley, Pat Somerville, Linda Cairns, Richard Blake, Teresa Dougall


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.
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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.
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Tim Baynes, Director Moorland Group

Tim Baynes is Director of the Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group, primarily representing grouse moors.  His role also covers a range of related upland sporting and conservation issues and he coordinates an informal coalition of industry organisations.  He was closely involved in the setting up of Wildlife Estates Scotland and represents SL&E on the Moorland Forum, the Deer Management Round Table and a range of other stakeholder groups.
Formerly a chartered surveyor (FRICS), farmer and forestry investment specialist, Tim joined SL&E full time in 2012 having worked closely with the organisation as a consultant.
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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, Head of Policy and Policy Team.  Joyce is also responisble for organising all Scottish Land & Estates members' Long Service Awards.

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Sarah-Jane Laing, Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs
Sarah-Jane joined the organisation in 2004 as Housing Strategy Officer, after 10 years in both local authority and housing association environments. During these 10 years she carried out a number of housing related roles, latterly specialising in housing research and strategic policy development. Her role as Housing Strategy Officer involved raising awareness of the role of the rural private rented sector, increasing and maintaining standards within the sector, and identifying opportunities for further development of the private sector role in meeting the housing needs of rural Scotland. Sarah-Jane played a lead role in the development of the Rural Homes for Rent Grant Scheme.
She became Head of Policy in 2009 and was made Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs in January 2013. Her current role involves overseeing the policy team, directing all external and internal communications and leading on lobbying and representational work. 
Sarah-Jane lives on her family’s farm in the Scottish Borders and is a Parent Council member at her local village school.

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Communications & Public Affairs Team

Jane Corcoran, Events & Publications Co-ordinator

Jane joined in the organisation in 1999, after 13 years in the electronics industry.  She has had various roles in the organisation ove 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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Katy Dickson, Policy Officer (Property and Business)
Katy joined the organisation in February 2014 as Policy Officer for Property and Business. She spends the majority of her time working on housing policy and initiatives but also covers topics such as planning, wayleaves, fisheries, agricultural wages 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

Judith Hogg, Central & North East Regional Manager

Judith Hogg joined Scottish Land and Estates as a Regional Manager in September 2014. 

Before working for Scottish Land & Estates, Judith has been studying for a HND in Agriculture from Scotland’s Rural University College in Edinburgh. She joins the organisation with a wealth of knowledge of the rural sector as well as a family background in arable farming, hill farming and gamekeeping across Perthshire and the Scottish Borders. 
Outside of work, she enjoys equestrian pursuits as well as providing training for working dogs. Judith also enjoys working to enhance her own knowledge of sheep and cattle breeding and learning more about the characteristics of each breed whilst also participating in stock judging with the Edinburgh Agricultural Society.
Judith’s main focus is to meet and interact with the wider membership and build her understanding of rural issues in Scotland. 

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Drew McFarlane-Slack, Highland Regional Manager

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 Assn. 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.

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