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 Chair of Police Poaching & Coursing Crime Priority Group Police Raptor Crime Priority Group Deer Management Round Table Executive Committee of the Association of Deer Management Groups SAC Council Member 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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Ross Macleod, Communications Manager

Before working with Scottish Land & Estates, Ross built up sixteen years management experience in Financial Services, holding senior appointments covering strategic development, marketing and product management. Returning to Scotland in 2000, He then established his own business, focused on marketing project and support work for a mix of manufacturing, financial services and environmental sector organisations. He took on responsibility for development of the Wildlife Estates Scotland initiative in 2011, and since the Spring of 2014, has also been supporting Scottish Land & Estates communications.
 
Ross holds an MA and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Edinburgh University. Outside of work for Scottish Land & Estates, he also looks after the family farm in the Borders.
 

Jane Corcoran, Communications Officer & Administration Supervisor

Jane joined the organisation in 1999 as Public Affairs and Legal Secretary, after 13 years in the electronics industry.  She has had various roles in the organisation over the years and became Communications Officer in 2006.  Jane assists with all internal and external communications.  Responsible for co-ordinating and circulating all Scottish Land & Estates publications and communications to members such as LandBusiness, Enewsletter, website, mailings.  Jane also co-ordinates and assists with all Scottish Land & Estates events and shows.

Jane lives in the Scottish Borders.

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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 Operations & Communications, 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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Linda Cairns, Membership Secretary

Linda Cairns joined the organisation in January 2009 and has 44 years secretarial and administration experience, gained in large national organisations and smaller independent companies where she particularly enjoyed the personal contact with clients( etc.) Linda lives in a small village near our Musselburgh Headquarters with her husband. She is a member of the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, other interests include going to the ballet, cooking, baking and her garden.

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Scottish Land & Estates Policy Team

  

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 and leading on lobbying and representational work. A large part of her role
involves direct advice to members on a wide range of issues and she also sits on a large number of national and local
stakeholder groups, covering various subjects of relevance to our members. She retains specific policy responsibility for
housing, planning, communities and rural services.
 
Sarah-Jane is a Board member of the Rural Housing Service, 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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Richard Blake, Legal Adviser

Richard Blake read Law at the University of Edinburgh and trained, and subsequently worked as a Solicitor, with Dundas and Wilson in Edinburgh prior to becoming a partner in Condie Mackenzie & Co (subsequently Condies), Perth in 1983 and then a Consultant with Thorntons , Perth. He advised on all aspects of rural law, acting for landowners, owner-occupiers and agricultural tenants throughout Scotland, as well as foreign owners of Scottish property. As Clerk to both The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board and The Tay Foundation, he built up a considerable knowledge about salmon fisheries law.

He represents Scottish Land & Estates on the Tenant Farming Forum. He lives in rural Perthshire.

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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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Kate Mineyko, Projects Manager
 
Kate joined Scottish Land & Estates in 2013 following her return to Scotland from London, where she worked principally in Corporate Events and coordinated global development research programmes. Kate’s roles in London and previously in Paris have given her experience in PR, business development and brand strategies and marketing. She lives in Highland Perthshire.
 
 
 

Scottish Land & Estates Regional Team

Teresa Dougall, General Manager (Regions), South East & South West Regional Manager

Teresa joined the organisation in September 2006 as South East & South West Regional Manager and took on the additional role of General Manager – Regions around 2 years later.

Since leaving college, Teresa has worked in the rural sector. Previous employers include James Craig Auction Mart, Self employed consultant and book-keeper, Animal Health Department SEERAD (now SGRPID).

Teresa sits on the following national and regional groups:-

  •   Scottish Flytipping Forum
  •  Lantra Partnership Group
  • A Working Countryside
  • SBC Borders LEADER LAG
  • South Ayrshire Local Access Forum
  • East Lothian Biodiversity Partnership
  • Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Partnership Board
  • Ayrshire & Arran Chamber Tourism Partnership
  • North Ayrshire Rural Housing Sub Group

Teresa is married and lives in Ayr.  She enjoys music, books, walking, DIY and travel.

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Scott Petrie, Central & North East Regional Manager

Scott Petrie has been Regional Manager for North East and Central since March 2010.

Since graduated in 1997 with an Honours degree in Rural Business Management from the University of Aberdeen, Scott has amassed extensive practitioner and research experience in both socio-economic research and analysis, and strategy development and action based solutions.

Scott’s current focus of work is to engage with the Membership and represent their interests on a wide range of subjects ranging from management of land, agriculture, forestry and country sports through to rural housing, rural services, business diversification and rural development.

In addition, Scott is tasked with engaging and building strong productive relationships with media, politicians, government agencies, local authorities and other key influencers as well as delivering a range of activities which raise awareness of the role of landowners and estates play in their local communities.

Previous employers include the Scottish Agricultural College, the University of Aberdeen, Angus Rural Partnership and the Rural Development Company.

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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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