About Scottish Land & Estates

Board


alt Chairman: David Johnstone

David chairs the Large Estates Group, the South West Regional Committee and is Chairman of Scottish Land & Estates.

He owns and manages directly Annandale Estates, just south of Moffat in Dumfriesshire.

The Estate Enterprises comprise a mixed upland stock farm consisting of North Country Cheviots and pedigree Luing cattle herd along with 16 let farms on both older Tenancies and newer LDT’s. There is also a forestry growing operation and a residential/commercial property letting and renovating business.

The Estate has also entered into renewables with a biomass boiler using fuel grown on the Estate plus two Hydro Schemes being constructed and a third in planning.

David chairs Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment Trust, is Vice Chairperson of the local village hall redevelopment trust and is a Director of the Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust.


alt Vice-Chairman: Hughie Campbell Adamson 

Hughie qualified as a land agent (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and worked subsequently for Knight Frank and Rutley and Strutt and Parker in both London and Edinburgh.

He has run Stracathro Estates, in the North Angus, for twenty-five years and developed it from a predominantly agricultural concern into a more divserified business, encompassing renewables, residential and commercial lets and sporting.  The latest venture is the construction of a gas to grid anaerobic digester capable of producing 4,700,000 m3 of biomethane per annum.

He has at various times held several voluntary positions, including Chairman of Inveresk Community Council, of the Association of Salmon Fisheries Boards, of Salmon and Trout Conservation Scotland, of Scottish Rural Commission and of Brechin City Football Club.  He has been a Director of Angus Marts, of Scottish Football Association, and currently of Wildlife Estates of Scotland.  He sits on the Local Access Group for Angus Leader. 


 

alt Executive Director: Sarah-Jane Laing

Sarah-Jane joined the organisation in 2004 as Housing Strategy Officer, after 10 years in both local authority and housing association environments.   Her role as Housing Strategy Officer involved raising awareness of the role of the rural private rented sector, increasing and maintaining standards within the sector, and identifying opportunities for further development of the private rented sector role in meeting the housing needs of rural Scotland.  

She became Head of Policy in 2009 and was made Director of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs in January 2013 - a role which involved overseeing the policy work of the organisation, directing all external and internal communciations and leading on lobbying and representitional work.  Sarah-Jane was appointed to the Board as Executive Director in May 2017, taking on additional organisational responsibilities alongside her policy and parliamentary remit.

Sarah-Jane lives with her husband and 3 children on the family's farm in the Scottish Borders.  She is a member of the Scottish Government's Women in Agriculture Taskforce and a recipient of the Farmers Club Windsor Leadership bursary.


alt Director: David Fyffe

Born and brought up on a mixed farm in Aberdeenshire, educated in England at Stowe School and London University, David joined the international drinks industry. After completing his wine education with Saccone & Speed he moved to the export side of the business and looked after spirits sales in Latin American and European markets before switching into the beer sector.

Prior to leaving the industry in 1996, David launched Foster’s Lager in Central and Southern Europe, living in France for the last two years. David returned with his French wife, Noëlle, to Fetternear Estate in Aberdeenshire in order to sort out the farm and prepare plans for the restoration of the estate’s historic buildings and infrastructure, which had suffered from years of underinvestment.

Since returning to Fetternear, David has been taking forward ongoing diversification plans, including extended development of the North-East of Scotland’s first rural business centre. The arable land is farmed very effectively via a contract farming arrangement with the Co-op and the grazing is leased out to local farming neighbours.

David and his family welcome some 6,000 people to Fetternear every year and actively encourage responsible access for the local and wider community. As well as his Scottish Land & Estates involvement, David sits on the Rural Development Council and is a land manager representative on the Aberdeenshire Local Access Forum. He spent some time helping the Scottish Executive Planners develop their planning guidelines for rural development in Scotland (SPP15), published in 2005.

He is particularly interested in the development of wider rural business opportunities in Scotland.

In his spare time, David runs wine tastings, coaches and referees rugby, and is involved with a number of local initiatives to help develop youth opportunities.



Sarah Troughton Director: Sarah Troughton

Sarah is senior and resident trustee of Blair Charitable Trust, Director of Blair Castle Estate Ltd. the trading arm of the Blair Charitable Trust and owner of part of Atholl Estates. She is owner and manager of Ardchattan Estate, Argyll.

Sarah is also a committee member of the Historic Houses Association for Scotland, chair of the Scottish tourism group & member of the Tourism & Commercial Development Committee. She is chair of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group, a group set up with public and private partners to develop and promote Scotland’s exceptional country sports for commercial letting.

Sarah’s particular interests are historic houses and gardens, tourism, ski-ing and contemporary art.



John Goffin Director: John Goffin

John is a Board member of Scottish Land & Estates and is Chair of Scottish Land & Estates’ internal Land Reform Working Group. He works closely with our Chief Executive and senior team on this in addition to other special projects. He is also Chariman of our South East Regional Committee.

John lives at Arniston Home Farm and he and his wife Henrietta Dundas own Mauldslie Farm, where they are developing a sheep and deer farming business as farming new entrants.

John is also managing director of ADKL Construction Ltd and a Director of Toro Corporation Ltd, which specialises in Tensioned Fabric Structures and Modular Buildings.

Born and raised in New Zealand he started his career working for Merrill Lynch and Westpac Banking Corporation in London before returning to New Zealand to work for Contact Energy; the second largest electricity generator and largest electricity retailer in the country and John was heavily involved with the deregulation of the New Zealand electricity market.

He was subsequently recruited by Accenture. John returned to the UK in 2001 and spent four years working for Shell in Oman and Nigeria and then two years working for BP, before joining BP directly as the Programme Manager for Group Financial Infrastructure.

John has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University, Dunedin.



alt Director: Edward Baxter

Edward owns the Gilston Estate in Fife, one of the founding Estates of the East Neuk Estates Group. He farms in hand through the Sandstone Farming Company which also contracts for 3rd parties and this year he is a Vice President of the Royal Highland Show. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1987 and was for 7 years a director of Sabre Safety Ltd (5 years as Chairman), an oil service company operating in the North Sea. He has been a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) Demonstration farmer since 2000 and for 10 years until 2010 Chaired LEAF in Scotland.

 

 

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