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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.

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I have been chair of Kingussie Community Development Company, the charity which built the community hydro on our local river, since 2014 and am chair of Badenoch Heritage, the charity which is focused on making the history and historic environment of Badenoch better known for the benefit of both locals and visitors.  I live in Inverness-shire and have a keen interest in the development of paths and tourist infrastructure in the countryside and thus encouraging sustainable tourism.  My other interests include walking and other country pursuits, collecting books on Scottish history (particularly Badenoch) and cricket.


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.

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I have had a lifetime love of the hills, especially the Cairngorms, and have benefited from, and thus appreciated, the huge amount of voluntary work done in providing sympathetic access for ordinary people to our great open spaces, much of which has been led by OATS.


As Corporate Services Director with the Cairngorms National Park Authority, I have lead responsibility for strategic finance, organisational development and human resource management.

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I am Vice Chair of the Cairngorms LEADER Local Action Group, Vice Chair of the Cairngorms Local Action Group Trust, Chair of Addiction Counselling Services Inverness, and a member of the SportScotland Board. In my spare time I am a keen walker and football supporter.


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.

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I sit on the Board of the Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Council of the EUROPARC federation of Protected areas in Europe.


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.

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I was engaged in numerous significant property projects, including extensive involvement in long-term upland footpath and visitor management. I am a keen skier and mountaineer and have been a member of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team since 2011. My other interests include cycling, travel and research into Scottish military and aviation history.


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.

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A chartered surveyor with an agricultural degree, I retired in 2009 after nearly 14 years as resident factor of Balmoral Estate in Aberdeenshire, having been Factor of Strathmore Estates in Angus and County Durham for over 22 years. I was a partner of Youngs Chartered Surveyors and am now a consultant with Bell Ingram.  I have holidayed and worked in the Cairngorms for over 60 years. My principal interest is in land management and I ski, fish, sail, curl, sing in a choir, and used to golf (poorly).


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.

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An Edinburgh and Birmingham University graduate, I’m a Chartered Biologist and completed the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Business Leadership. I’ve a particular interest in strategic policy and planning in rural and mountain areas and believe in a sustainable economic approach which integrates community needs and aspirations with a high-quality environment. My studies and reports have helped over 20 communities win several millions in funding support and take 100,000 hectares of land, forest and coastline into community ownership. I’m a mountaineer (completed the Munros 1989) and cyclist.