Simon Ovenden

Policy Advisor (Access and Visitor Management)
0131 653 5400

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 up to 3.8m visitors per year. Relocating to Scotland in 2013, he has been General Manager for the National Trust for Scotland’s Aberdeenshire portfolio, and most recently as Countryside Manager for Crown Estate Scotland’s Glenlivet Estate.


If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why?
A kestrel. Content to hover and observe, but strike when the time is right.

What do few people know about you? 
I once held a national archery record… for 24 hours.

Which three words best describe your outlook on life?
Live life now.

Where would you live if not Scotland? 
It took me too many years to get here, so why leave? If pushed however, Antarctica as extreme cold holds a fascination for me.