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Scottish Land & Estates moves to strengthen its regional team

altScottish Land & Estates has expanded and strengthened its regional capability with the addition of three new regional managers to its regional team.

Eilidh MacKechnie, Rachael Wright and Simon Houison Craufurd have joined the regional team of Scottish Land & Estates, taking the organisation’s number of regional managers up to five.

Eilidh becomes North East Scotland manager following nine years working for a range of Westminster and Holyrood representatives from across the political spectrum in constituency offices based in Argyll, Stirling and Aberdeenshire. A former constituency assistant to Sir Jamie McGrigor MSP, Eilidh has also been Parliamentary Office Manager for Bruce Crawford MSP, as well as more recently for Stewart Stevenson MSP and Eilidh Whiteford MP.

Rachael joins Scottish Land & Estates as South East Scotland manager and has a wealth of business experience to draw upon. Following 13 years in the cleaning, hygiene and maintenance chemical manufacturing sector – including five spent as a board director – Rachael left to spend more time with her young family. During this period, Rachael cofounded, an online physical grain/soft commodity exchange website business.

Simon, meanwhile, has been appointed South West Scotland manager. For the past 12 years, Simon has managed his family’s estate in Ayrshire – Craufurdland – which has been in the family since 1245. In the last four years, Simon has also taken over the running of the castle on the estate and during his management, the estate has increased its diversified businesses, concentrating mainly on leisure, and tourism.  Prior to managing the estate full-time, Simon worked as a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Naval Architecture at Strathclyde University. He also completed a part-time MBA at the Strathclyde Business School.

The three new appointments join existing regional team members Drew Macfarlane-Slack, who continues as regional manager for the Highlands and Islands and Judith Hogg, who manages the Central Scotland region.

The role of the regional management team is to promote and champion Scottish Land & Estates members’ businesses and interests and represent the members at a local and regional level. They also provide a crucial link from the membership to the policy officers based at the headquarters in Musselburgh.

Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Our regional managers have a very important role within the Scottish Land & Estates team, providing the direct link into our membership locally on the ground and in supporting and championing their interests. Expanding and strengthening our regional team capability has been a key objective and so I am delighted to have appointed three new regional managers. This could not have happened at a more critical time in the work of our organisation, a time when bringing alive and demonstrating the significant contribution of landowners and land based businesses to our rural economy and society has never been more important.

“I am very pleased to welcome Eilidh, Rachael and Simon to the team. We were hugely impressed by the depth of knowledge, skills and varied experience they bring to the organisation and I know they can’t wait to get stuck into their new roles and get out there working with our members. I am confident they will be a great asset to the work of Scottish Land & Estates and our members.” 


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