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.

Marcelina Hamilton

Policy Adviser (Rural Business & Property)

Marcelina joined Scottish Land & Estates in April 2019 and her remit covers digital connectivity, utilities, energy, housing, crofting, non-domestic rates rural business funding and diversification opportunities. Marcelina is a chartered surveyor and prior to joining SLE she spent the last few years employed as a land agent in in Perth...

Emma Steel

Policy Assistant

Emma grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Stirlingshire and has a degree in Zoology and an MSc Environmental Science, both from Aberdeen University. Emma joined SLE from a visitor experience role at RSPB Loch Garten, where she engaged, educated and enthused members of the public about Scotland’s native species and habitats, namely...

Donald Inch

Public Affairs Manager

Donald joined Scottish Land & Estates in 2015 in the newly created role of Public Affairs Officer. Donald previously worked briefly in Kenya with the Arid Lands Information Network, and then with SEPA where he was involved in external stakeholder and parliamentary engagement with a focus on European issues. Donald co-ordinates SLE’s...

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...

Calum Henderson

Digital Communications Officer

Calum joined Scottish Lands & Estates in November 2019 as a Digital Communications Officer. While studying for a degree in Film and Media at Queen Margaret University, he participated in freelance work for a variety of brands, photographers and individuals. Following his graduation in 2017, he joined a small North Lanarkshire business in...

Clare Sturla

Regional Coordinator/South East Regional Support Officer

Clare started at SLE in July 2018 as Regional Support Officer for the South East region as well as Regional Coordinator of the other four regions. Clare joined SLE from the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), where she served as Agri and Rural Affairs Manager. Prior to her time at SAYFC, Clare worked for Members of...

Fiona Van Aardt

North East Regional Support Officer

Fiona joined Scottish Land & Estates to support and enhance member activities in the region, including engagement with politicians, stakeholders and assistance in organising events and estate visits. A business manager with over 25 years’ experience of running companies and delivering projects and events, Fiona returned to Scotland with...

Scott Petrie

Central Regional Support Officer

With more than 25 years’ experience in rural development, Scott is Regional Support Officer for Central Region. Scott returned to SLE to take up this position in October 2018, after having been previously employed as Regional Manager for North East and Central regions until August 2014. Since graduating in 1997 with an Honours degree in...

Megan Rowland

Highland Regional Support Officer

The newest member of the SLE team, Megan is also one of the land managers on an estate in Sutherland. A vegetarian-turned-hunter brought up on a croft in a farming community, she is interested in sustainability and integrated land management. She was awarded the Lantra Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year award in 2018, holds...

Caroline Pringle

Wildlife Estates Scotland Project Officer

Caroline joined Scottish Land and Estates as a Project Officer for Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES). She made the jump from ITPEnergised where she undertook the role of Environmental Consultant, managing environmental impact assessment and due diligence projects for clients in the energy industry. Her role is to evolve WES and to secure...

Jen Campbell

Highland Regional Support Officer

Jen grew up on a livestock farm in the Highlands, and has always been a keen rural enthusiast which is what led her to study Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, graduating in 2009. Jen then returned to Inverness to work as a Land Agent, gaining her RICS qualification in 2012. She is now based back at...

Nadia Flaherty

Membership Coordinator

Nadia has joined Scottish Land and Estates as the Membership Co-ordiantor. Having been brought up just outside of the Angus Glens, she has great rural knowledge and loves the Scottish countryside and all it has to offer. One of Nadia’s favourite past times being getting out with her working dogs during the shooting season. After studying...