Scottish Land & Estates has strengthened its policy team with the appointment of a two new members of staff.
Karen Ramoo and Gavin Mowat have joined the organisation and will be based in Scottish Land & Estates’ headquarters in Musselburgh.
Karen joins as a policy officer with a focus on conservation and wildlife management. She will provide briefings and technical advice to members as well as providing input into stakeholder partnerships across a range of issues including conservation of species such as red squirrels and wildcats, wildlife management including deer and fisheries and matters around species reintroductions.
Prior to joining Scottish Land & Estates, Karen worked for Scottish Natural Heritage as an Operations Officer following time spent as Project Coordinator on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel Project. Karen has a degree in Applied Zoology from Liverpool John Moore’s University and an MSc in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Newcastle University.
Gavin, meanwhile, joins Scottish Land & Estates as a policy officer focusing on communities and rural development. His brief will include business, property and community issues including community engagement, rural skills/education, energy efficiency, housing, planning and community ownership.
Before joining Scottish Land and Estates in 2016, Gavin worked as a Parliamentary Officer for Christian Allard MSP. He holds a degree in Town and Regional Planning from Heriot-Watt University and has also spent time studying abroad. Gavin regularly contributes policy briefings on rural issues for Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) Scotland.
Karen’s portfolio continues to be led by Anne Gray, Senior Policy Officer (Land Use & Environment), whilst Gavin will work in the portfolio area headed by Katy Dickson Senior Policy Officer (Business, Property and Connectivity). Sarah-Jane Laing, Scottish Land & Estates’ Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs, retains overall responsibility for the policy unit, and continues to be the organisational lead on land reform related matters.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are pleased to welcome Karen and Gavin to the organisation and we believe they will play an important role in shaping our rural policy in the months and years ahead.
“Karen and Gavin join Scottish Land & Estates at a busy and exciting time and they are committed to ensuring that our members are well equipped to deliver environmentally, economically and socially. We wish them well as they embark on their new roles.”