Our Board

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Our Board is responsible for providing strategic direction and advice to our organisation. It meets on a quarterly basis to ensure our organisation represents the wider interests of our membership, continues to work towards delivering a clear vision and strategy, and ensures the financial stability and accountability of the company. 

Our Board members come from a variety of different backgrounds in the rural sector, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge on land management and rural issues. 

 

David Johnstone

Chairman

David owns and manages Annandale Estates, just south of Moffat in Dumfriesshire. The Estate enterprises comprise a mixed upland stock farm consisting of North Country Cheviots and a pedigree Luing cattle herd, along with 16 let farms. The Estate also runs a forestry operation, a residential and commercial property letting and renovating...

Mark Tennant

Vice-Chair (Policy)

Mark brings to the role of Vice-Chair a vast range of experience from blue chip organisations, as well as from his own estate. With a financial services career spanning Edinburgh, London, New York and Hong Kong, Mark was a senior adviser to JP Morgan until he retired in 2018 after 26 years, and is currently a member of the Advisory Board...

Dee Ward

Vice-Chair (Operations)

As well as overseeing the Business side of SLE, Dee owns and runs Rottal Estate in the Angus Glens. It is a mixed Highland Estate with sheep farming, holiday lets, grouse and partridge shooting, deer stalking and a hydro-electric scheme. Dee’s background is primarily in business, having built up and sold an office watercooler business,...

Sarah-Jane Laing

Executive Director

Sarah-Jane was appointed as Executive Director in May 2017, overseeing the policy work of the organisation, directing all external and internal communications, in addition to holding organisational responsibilities and leading on lobbying and representational work. Sarah-Jane joined the organisation in 2004 as Housing Strategy Officer,...

David Fyffe

Board Member

Born and brought up on a mixed farm in Aberdeenshire, David owns and manages Fetternear Estate in Aberdeenshire, including the Netherton Business Centre, Scotland’s first rural business centre. The arable land at Fetternear is farmed very effectively via a contract farming arrangement and the grazing is leased out to local farming...

Evelyn Channing

Board Member

Evelyn joined Savills in 1988 and now, as Director, specialises in the sale and purchase of commercial farms and both residential and sporting estates throughout Scotland. Evelyn works closely with agency colleagues across the Savills national network of offices and in particular with the firm's London offices and foreign desks who...

Hugh Campbell-Adamson

Board Member

Hughie has run Stracathro Estates, in North Angus, for 25 years and developed it from a predominantly agricultural concern into a more diversified business, encompassing renewables, residential and commercial lets and sporting. He has, at various times, held several voluntary positions, including Chairman of Inveresk Community Council,...

Hamish Grossart

Board Member

Hamish owns and runs Pitlour in Fife, a mixed farming, woodland, and sporting estate managed with particular emphasis on restoration - and sustainable conservation of - historic buildings and landscape, and on wildlife friendly farming and forestry practices. Hamish was educated at Glasgow Academy and University of Stirling, where he is a...

John Goffin

Board Member

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.

Sandy Lewis

Board Member

A Chartered Accountant with a BA in Business & Administration from Strathclyde University, Sandy joined Seafield & Strathspey Estates in 1977 as Estate Accountant and from 1996 to 2015 he held the Chief Executive position and continues to be involved as a Consultant with the estates. Sandy also represents the estates on a number of...