Who We Are

There are five Land Commissioners and one Tenant Farming Commissioners who are appointed by Scottish ministers.

Register of Interest

Our Commissioners

Andrew Thin (chair)

Andrew Thin (chair)

Andrew is also Chair of Scottish Canals, a public corporation, and he has over thirty years of experience in leadership roles in the public, private and third sectors. He coordinated the work of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review and the Wild Fisheries Legislation Review in 2014. His previous public sector roles have included Crofters Commissioner, Chair of the Cairngorms National Park Authority, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, and Chief Executive of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise.

Dr Bob McIntosh CBE

Dr Bob McIntosh CBE

(Tenant Farming Commissioner)
is a retired public servant with extensive experience in public policy, in particular in land management and forestry, Bob was the SG Director for Environment and Forestry between 2012 and 2015, and before that served as the Director of Forestry Commission Scotland and in many other roles in the Forestry Commission.  He was a partner in a 650-acre hill farm for 15 years. He is also currently a Board Member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Dr Sally Reynolds

Dr Sally Reynolds

is an Agricultural Consultant (with a PhD in mathematical ecology); she is currently working within the Community Land Sector as Development Officer with Carloway Estate Trust (Urras Oighreachd Chàrlabhaigh). An active crofter and livestock keeper, she contributes to a number of activities which benefit the community. She currently coordinates the Lewis and Harris Greylag Goose Management Scheme on behalf of SNH.

Lorne MacLeod

Lorne MacLeod

has had an interest, and involvement, in land reform for many years. He was a founding director and, latterly, was the Chairman of Community Land Scotland, and has been a director of the community land buyout groups in Eriskay, South Uist & Benbecula, and the Isle of Gigha. He was Highlands & Islands Enterprise’s first Director of Strengthening Communities, and prior to that was Chief Executive of Skye & Lochalsh Enterprise. He is a chartered accountant, and director of a retail and distribution business in the Isle of Skye.

Megan MacInnes

Megan MacInnes

is currently on maternity leave and works remotely as a land advisor to Global Witness, an international NGO.  Her experience includes having worked internationally, and in Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, with community groups, NGOs, governments and large agribusiness companies to improve protection of land rights. She has considerable expertise in land reform, land management, community empowerment and human rights.

Professor David Adams

Professor David Adams

David Adams holds the Ian Mactaggart Chair of Property and Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow. He has researched and published widely on urban land problems and is particularly interested in resolving ownership constraints to urban development and tackling land vacancy and dereliction. He was previously an adviser to the Land Reform Review Group, working especially on the analysis of housing and urban land markets. He is professionally qualified as Fellow of both the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Our Staff

Caron Munro (PA to CEO)

Caron Munro (PA to CEO)

joined the Scottish Government through the Modern Apprentice Programme as an administrator for Education Scotland where she gained extensive knowledge of working in the public sector. After completing her Modern Apprenticeship she went on to support a number of roles such as school inspections, school consultations and Gaelic education before taking up her role at the Land Commission.

Claire Bremner (Office Manager)

Claire Bremner (Office Manager)

has a strong administration background with three years previous experience of office management within the private sector. After completing her university education she started her working life as a recruitment consultant. Her career moved towards the operational side of recruitment where she became an office manager for an agency in Newcastle. After moving back to Inverness Claire joined the Crofting Commission for six months working with the Common Grazings team before taking up her role at the Land Commission.

Hamish Trench (Chief Executive)

Hamish Trench (Chief Executive)

is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation and supporting Commissioners in fulfilling their functions.

Hamish joined the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority where he was Director of Conservation and Visitor Experience. He has several pieces of research published which look at various land matters including community ownership, farming tenure and research collaboration.

Posy MacRae (Communications Manager)

Posy MacRae (Communications Manager)

has been working in communications in the public sector over the last ten years across a range of sectors including research, innovation and land use.  Posy has extensive communications, events and stakeholder engagement experience both locally and nationally managing external events, rolling out media campaigns on a variety of rural issues and providing communications advice at Board and Commissioner level.  Posy is the initial contact for all Commission media enquiries.

Sara Smith (Communications & Events Assistant)

Sara Smith (Communications & Events Assistant)

joins the Land Commission from a project support role at the Highland Council. Sara has extensive communications and events experience working in a number of different roles at the Cairngorms National Park Authority including Assistant Communications Officer and Project Management Support Officer

Sarah Allen (Head of Policy & Research – tenant farming)

Sarah Allen (Head of Policy & Research – tenant farming)

has worked as a self-employed rural development consultant for several years including working on projects defining vulnerable areas in relation to less favoured area support, conducting a review of Argyll agricultural forum and developing a food and drink network. Sarah was a member of the Crofters Commission Board for seven years and subsequently chaired the Scottish Government’s review of the bull hire scheme.

Scott Strachan (Interim HR Manager)

Scott Strachan (Interim HR Manager)

has extensive experience in all aspects of HR Management both in the Public and Private Sectors and is managing the appointment process of all Commission staff. Scott is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has previously held HR Management roles at the Macaulay Land Use Institute and Inverness College.

Shona Glenn (Head of Policy & Research – land)

Shona Glenn (Head of Policy & Research – land)

is an economist with more than 10 years experience spanning the public and private sectors. Shona joins the Scottish Land Commission from Biggar Economics, an independent consultancy that works across the UK and Europe, where she was responsible for carrying out socio-economic impact assessments for a wide range of developments. She also worked for Edinburgh City Council where she was responsible for monitoring the economic performance of the city centre.