Strengthened by factor of three
Scottish Land & Estates welcomed three directors to the Board over the summer to bring more expertise, insight and passion to help develop the strategic direction for the organisation. They are Daye Tucker, Sir Alastair Gordon Cumming and Sarah Troughton.
Daye runs a diversified farm businesses at Carbeth Home Farm in the Endrick Valley, between the Campsie Fells and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
She believes her wide experience as a community activist and convenor of Killearn Community Futures Company, one of the many community development trusts in Stirlingshire, will be useful to help Scottish Land & Estates members explore enterprise opportunities and reconnect with their communities.
She explained: “I believe that, along with farmers, there is often a disconnect between landowners and local communities. Initiatives such as the development trusts can galvanise individuals and communities to work together for mutual benefit. I’m a compulsive networker and sharer of visions, so I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow directors.”
Daye has been a committed supporter and member of Scottish Land & Estates for many years, and is presently also Interim Acting Chair of its Central Regional Committee, as well as representing it on a variety of organisations which affect the membership and the rural way of life.
Sir Alastair Gordon Cumming
The second new director is Sir Alastair Gordon Cumming, owner of Altyre Estates near Forres in Moray.
He said he was delighted to be asked to join the Board. “I describe myself as an enthusiastic countryman and I believe that estates can play a major role in creating vibrant local communities.
“We are going through quite a change in the sector and, with my background in the City and my experience of running an estate, I believe I can bring a slightly different take to the situation – I’m certainly up for the challenge.”
Prior to moving north to Altyre Estates in the mid-1990s, Sir Alastair was an insurance broker in London. He has been a member of Scottish Land & Estates for many years and, until recently, was Chairman of the Scottish Estates Business Group (SEBG). He is also a member of the Findhorn Fishery Board.
Another SEBG stalwart is our third new director – Sarah Troughton, who has a wide interest in developing viable rural businesses.
Sarah knows a thing or two about rural tourism, as she is the resident trustee of the Blair Charitable Trust and director of Blair Castle Estate Ltd, the trading arm of the Trust, and owner of part of Atholl Estates – one of Scotland’s best-known Highland estates.
She’s also chair of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group – a public and private venture to develop and promote Scotland’s country sports industry which helps sustain rural communities.
Sarah said: “As one of the original founders of the Scottish Estates Business Group, I’m keen to represent our interests as a director of Scottish Land & Estates and to be able to share my experiences in this sector for the benefit of the organisation and its members.”
Sarah’s particular interests are historic houses and gardens, and tourism, so it is not surprising to learn that she is also an active member of the Historic Houses Association’s Tourism & Commercial Development Committee.