Our Staff

In addition to demonstrating what makes our staff qualified for the important roles they playing in driving SLE forward, we also wanted to allow you the chance to learn a little more about the people behind the job titles.

Find out more about the experience and motivations of the team.

Sarah-Jane Laing

Chief Executive

Sarah-Jane was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) in December 2019, the first woman to hold this role in the organisation’s 110 year history. Sarah-Jane, who lives on the family farm in Hume in the Scottish Borders, has steadily climbed the ranks at the rural business organisation over the past fifteen years...

Joyce Karch

PA to Chief Executive

Joyce joined the organisation in 2006, having previously been employed as a legal secretary. Joyce is PA to our Executive Director, and provides support to the Chair and Vice-Chair. If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why? I would be a lamb – because they are young! What do very few people know about you? I like to read...

Tony Stevenson

Head of Business

Tony has been involved with the organisation since 2010, initially as a contractor arranging logistics for some of SLE’s major events, before being appointed as Head of Business in 2018. Tony works alongside our Vice Chair Operations and Executive Director to increase new business, improve member services and increase business...

Stephen Young

Head of Policy

Stephen Young joined SLE in August 2019 from the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS), where he was project manager. In his new role, Stephen is responsible for managing SLE’s policy team at its Musselburgh HQ, as well as leading development of SLE’s policy positions and guiding the provision of member advice. Stephen studied...

Marie Brown

Finance Assistant

Marie is a qualified bookkeeper (IAB) with 13 years of experience. Marie provides bookkeeping & accounts preparation for Scottish Land & Estates and looks after any member queries. If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why? A wildcat because I'm firery! What do very few people know about you? I sucked my finger until I was...

Hannah Lloyd

Business Development Manager

Hannah joined Scottish Land & Estates in November 2021 having worked for GLM as their Marketing Manager and Associate Director. During her time at GLM Hannah relocated and opened a second office for the business in Inverness becoming a well known face in the Highland business community as well as mentoring the technical team to develop...

Tim Baynes

Director of Moorland

Tim Baynes is Director of Moorland specialising in moorland management, particularly grouse moors and related sporting and conservation issues. He manages the Gift of Grouse campaign and coordinates a network of seven regional moorland groups of owners and hill keepers, as well as an informal coalition of sporting and land management...

Karen Ramoo

Policy Adviser (Forestry, Conservation & Wildlife Management)

Karen joined Scottish Land & Estates from Scottish Natural Heritage where she was involved in ensuring the positive management of areas designated for their habitats, species and geological interest. Prior to this, Karen worked on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project where she developed landowner and volunteer engagement to protect...

Simon Ovenden

Policy Adviser (Access and Visitor Management)

At the age of 14 Simon secured his first job on a farm in Kent during the school summer holidays. Since then he has consistently worked in the rural industries and estate management sectors. Based at the White Cliffs of Dover for many years, he managed all National Trust countryside locations across Kent and South East London, welcoming...

Paul Richardson

Policy Adviser (Agriculture & Climate Change)

Paul joined Scottish Land and Estates in July 2021. Growing up in Northumberland, Paul was first introduced to agriculture by his late grandfather, before choosing to pursue a career as a British Army Officer. On leaving regular service and settling with his wife in the Scottish Borders, he has gained experience working in investment...

Sarah Madden

Policy Adviser (Rural Communities)

Sarah joined Scottish Land & Estates in October 2021. She is a graduate of the University of Stirling with a BA (Hons) in History and Politics and MSc in Human Rights and Diplomacy, delivered by the UN Institute of Training and Research. Sarah previously worked for parliamentarians in both the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments, having...

Jane Laing

Events & Publications Coordinator

Jane joined the organisation in 1999 after 13 years in the electronics industry. She has had various roles in the organisation over the years, becoming Communications Officer in 2006 and then Events & Publications Co-ordinator in 2015. Jane is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of the SLE Spring Conference and all other HQ...