There are five Land Commissioners and one Tenant Farming Commissioners who are appointed by Scottish ministers.
There are five Land Commissioners and one Tenant Farming Commissioners who are appointed by Scottish ministers.
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
(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.
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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.
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.
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, private sector land management, community empowerment and empowerment, and human rights.
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.
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 – maternity leave)
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.
David Stewart (Senior Policy Officer)
David is working on a number of housing workstreams including land assembly, placemaking, land value capture and affordable rural housing. He joins the Commission from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations where he led on the delivery of new build affordable housing, planning reform, energy efficiency and regeneration.
He was previously involved in the delivery of new build affordable housing and housing led regeneration, firstly with housing associations in Glasgow and Edinburgh and latterly with City of Edinburgh Council. He is a former board member of PAS, the planning and place charity, and was recently a judge for both the SURF regeneration awards and the Homes for Scotland Housing Awards.
Eilidh Mackintosh (Office Manager – Maternity Cover)
joined the Land Commission in 2018 while on secondment from the Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Division (SGRPID) where she worked since 2013 after securing a post through the Modern Apprenticeship programme. She joined SGRIPD as an Administrative Officer where she was dealing with agricultural applications and claims on a daily basis while also being the first point of contact for many farmers, crofters and land owner queries. She has taken this opportunity to joint our team as Interim Office Manager as it is a vital learning and development opportunity.
Gemma Campbell (Good Practice Manager)
Gemma joins the Commission from the Community Assets Team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, where she supported community groups to acquire and develop land and building assets for the benefit of their communities. A key part of her role involved the delivery of the Scottish Land Fund in partnership with Big Lottery, which included time as part of the Management Group, awarding development funding to support groups to investigate their ownership aspirations. She has experience in supporting groups with governance, conducting needs and skills analyses, community engagement and consultation, finding and managing professional help, developing business plans and funding strategies, and submitting asset transfer requests and Community Right to Buy applications.
Gillian Brown (Administration Assistant)
joins the Commission as our Administration Assistant, supporting the Office Manager in the full range administrative support. Gillian has extensive administrative experience in both private business and the banking sector, which gives her an excellent grounding to support Claire in all aspects of purchasing, budget monitoring and logistics. Gillian supports her husband who runs a busy farm, this gives her a keen interest in the work of the Commission.
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 is a former Chartered Surveyor with experience of land use policy, management and research in the public and private sectors.
Helen Barton (Community Engagement Officer)
Helen has enjoyed a diverse career in the affordable housing sector, including as both and Executive and Non-Executive with major Scottish housing associations. She also works as a self-employed consultant in areas of housing and community policy, including policy and strategy reviews, project evaluations, service reviews, community needs surveys and community profiling. Community sustainability and engagement has been a strong and constant focus of all her work, including the development and implementation of participation strategies, governance support to community groups and managing a broad range of consultation practices. She has supported both urban and rural community based organisations across Scotland. Helen works on a job-share basis with Kirsty Tait to develop better community engagement practices between all types of landowners and communities across Scotland.
James MacKessack-Leitch (Policy Officer)
comes from an arable family farming background in Moray and holds an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development. James has a range of experience in the private and public sector as well as with voluntary organisations. As a director of the Forres Area Community Trust since 2013, he has been heavily involved with projects from ambitious local renewable energy developments to Community Asset Transfer.
Katherine Pollard (Policy Officer)
joins the Commission from a Development Officer role at the Lothians & Fife Green Network Partnership. Here she developed a variety of projects and activities around priorities such as woodland management and creation and green infrastructure improvements in both urban and rural areas. Previously, she was Policy and Networks Adviser at the Royal Town Planning Institute. Katherine has experience working with a wide range of organisations including local authorities, consultancies and community groups to coordinate projects and events.
Kirsty Tait (Community Engagement Officer)
Kirsty is an experienced community development and project management professional. She joins the Scottish Land Commission from a funding and evaluation management role with The Ecology Centre and previous to that, a practice development role at Carnegie UK Trust. Here she developed and managed a range of projects and initiatives including place-based development, supporting young enterprise, community owned land (both in Scotland and England), community-led planning, community asset development and enterprise and local food and small-scale food growing. She is passionate about building communication through stakeholder engagement, partnership working, community engagement and visual storytelling.
Posy MacRae (Head of Communications & Corporate Services)
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)
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 Tenant Farming / Land Rights & Responsibilities)
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.
Shona Glenn (Head of Policy & Research)
joined the Commission in June 2017, and is responsible for providing the evidence needed to support the Commission’s work on land for housing and development, land ownership and land-use decision making. Prior to joining the Land Commission Shona spent several years working as an economic consultant in the private sector where she worked on economic impact assessments for a wide range of developments. Before this she worked in local government. Shona has a degree in economics and a strong interest in how market based solutions can be used to support public policy objectives.