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Scottish Land Commission looking to recruit new board members

By Gregor White

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The Scottish Land Commission is looking for three new board members.
The Scottish Land Commission is looking for three new board members.

The Scottish Government is looking to appoint two new land commissioners and a new tenant farming commissioner to join the board of the Scottish Land Commission.

The role will be to help drive forward fresh thinking about how land is owned and used in Scotland.

The Scottish Land Commission (SLC) plays a pivotal role in reforms to the ownership and use of Scotland’s land, providing advice and recommendations to government on legislation and policy to support inclusive economic growth, climate and nature action, and social well-being.

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It is seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise who are passionate about making a meaningful impact on land reform and who can bring fresh perspectives to the commission's work.

Applicants should demonstrate a robust track record of leadership and strategic thinking, with experience in areas such as land management, rural development, urban planning, community engagement, and legal or policy frameworks relating to land use. The successful candidates will be expected to provide oversight and guidance on the commission's activities and engage with stakeholders at all levels.

The tenant farming commissioner has specific functions to support good relations between agricultural landlords and tenants, and must be able to support a mediatory approach to supporting a healthy tenanted sector.

Outgoing commissioner Lorne MacLeod said: “The role of commissioner has been fascinating and has allowed me to be involved in groundbreaking land reform policy work.

“Being able to directly contribute to the formation of a new public body that shall continue to support change and good practice in the way land in Scotland is owned and manged for the benefit of all has been very rewarding.”

Discussing the upcoming changes to the board, chairman Michael Russell said: “The role of a commissioner is both challenging and rewarding, requiring a blend of strategic thinking and a profound understanding of the complexities surrounding land issues in Scotland.

“This is an opportunity to join the commission at a pivotal time in Scotland’s land reform journey and to play a key role in influencing legislative change, in particular the recent Land Reform Bill.

“Working alongside our core staff team, the commissioners will be instrumental in shaping our approach to both the land reform bill as well as wider reforms.”

Appointments will be made by Scottish Ministers and are anticipated to commence later this year.

Interested candidates are invited to attend an online information session hosted by Mr Russell and Mr MacLeod, on July 18. Registration is available at Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdeuoqTwuEtUs_klwW49UFBV1R3dCqkaF

Candidates who would like to learn more about the TFC role are encouraged to contact Bob McIntosh directly: tfc@landcommision.gov.scot.

To find out more about the role of the Land Commissioners see here and to find out about the tenant farming commissioner role see here

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