I am a retired solicitor having been a partner in two of Scotland’s leading firms from 1977 to 2010 and thereafter a consultant until 2013. I was a non-executive director of the Registers of Scotland 2007 to 2012.
I’m an Aberdeenshire Councillor, and have been nominated by Aberdeenshire to the OATS Board. I was formerly head of physics at Fraserburgh Academy, and an Institute of Physics UK Award winner.
As Corporate Services Director with the Cairngorms National Park Authority, I have lead responsibility for strategic finance, organisational development and human resource management.
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.
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.