Ross was appointed as Director of Moorland at Scottish Land & Estates in July 2022.
Ross, who lives near Comrie in rural Perthshire, previously worked as public affairs manager for the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) in Scotland. He successfully represented the interests of shooting and country sports in the Scottish Parliament, and was jointly responsible for securing £1 million of Scottish Government funding to support country sports businesses badly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. He also led a high-profile campaign to highlight abuse being directed towards Scottish gamekeepers, and produced the government-endorsed guidance that allowed country sports to legally take place between Covid-19 lockdowns.
Ross holds a first-class honours degree in Geography from the University of St Andrews, as well as a masters degree in sustainable mountain development (with distinction) from the University of the Highlands and Islands. He researched grouse moor and deer management extensively at both institutions.
Outside of work, Ross enjoys game shooting, deer stalking, hill walking and skiing. He is also a warfare officer in the Royal Naval Reserve specialising in submarine operations.
If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why?
Definitely a curlew – such a mesmerising bird with the most distinct, beautiful call.
What do few people know about you?
I play the accordion and call the dances in a traditional ceilidh band!
Which three words best describe your outlook on life?
Driven, energetic, passionate.
Where would you live if not Scotland?
It has to be the Yorkshire Dales – such a beautiful, working landscape with plenty of decent pubs!