Scottish Land & Estates has underlined its commitment to promote the social, economic and environmental contribution of landowners and estates with a key new appointment to its senior management team.
The organisation, which represents around 2,500 landowners throughout Scotland, has appointed Paul Wakefield as Director of Operations and Communications.
Luke Borwick, Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “It is extremely important for the work landowners do day in, day out in rural Scotland to be recognised as widely as possible.
“When landowners demonstrate clearly what they do, it is valued and respected by both the public and decision-makers and we need to see more of that.
“We are delighted that Paul is joining us to enhance our operations in all areas of Scotland and our communications at all levels. We believe he will make a very valuable contribution to Scottish Land & Estates.”
Paul will work to Chief Executive Douglas McAdam who added: “Landowners have a great story to tell and we are committed to taking their story to a new level.”
Paul, formerly marketing manager for chartered surveyors, Bell Ingram, across the UK said: “I am delighted to be joining Scottish Land & Estates at what is an exciting and challenging time for both landowners in Scotland and the organisation that represents them.
“The contribution rural and land based businesses and estates make to their communities, which they are very much a part of, and to the wider rural economy, is a cause for pride and celebration. I am looking forward immensely to playing a part in ensuring that the Scottish landowners’ story and news of their contribution to rural Scottish life is clearly heard and understood.
“There is no-one better placed to tell that story than the landowners, estates and business owners themselves and I will be working closely with our diverse membership across Scotland to deliver the real and very positive story about them.”