I have 30 years’ experience as a rural development specialist, with international connections and leadership roles in the public and third sectors including as convenor and ministerial appointee to the Cairngorms National Park Authority until 2015.
I run a consultancy specialising in Rural Tourism, focussing on the regenerative elements for communities and integration with climate change adaptation and the circular economy.
I was brought up in the Highlands. I have a BSc in Land Economics from Paisley College and am a Fellow of the RICS. Until retiring in 2018, I spent most of my career with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, based in Inverness.
I was a founding member of The Upper Deeside Access Trust and continued to serve on the board during its transformation into COAT in 2008. I was appointed chairman in 2009 and retired from the position in 2016.
With over 30 years’ experience in business, primarily focused on developing people, my current role is managing organisational change in a major banking group.
I graduated with a degree in Forestry and worked in forest management in Inverness before retraining on a post graduate course in Outdoor Education in Edinburgh. This lead to Fife and managing Lochore Meadows Country Park. Then from Country to National Park, joining the Cairngorms National Park Authority at designation, managing the Visitor Services Team until my retirement in 2022.