People in rural Scotland

Could you be our new Highland Regional Chair?

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We are recruiting for a Chair for the Highland Region. Being a Regional Chair offers you a fantastic opportunity to help shape the Regional Work Plan, broaden your skills and widen your professional network. The role is open to Scottish Land & Estates members based in the Highland Region who are a landowner, a land manager, or a professional member, and is a great way of helping to not only steer the regional activity of SLE, but also to play a part in helping rural Scotland thrive.   

But don't take our word for it. Here's what two SLE Regional Chairs have to say.

Laura Warrender, SLE Clydeside Chair appointed a few months ago said: “I am enjoying my new role as SLE Regional Chair for Clydeside as it allows me to create a unified voice for the members and plays a key role in developing new thinking and approaches in land management in a period of significant change. Part of my role is spearheading the next generation project which I am keen to drive forward in the South West of Scotland. I hope it will play a critical role in engaging the next wave of rural business owners, entrepreneurs and innovators. I would encourage SLE members in the Highland region who have an interest in the future of rural Scotland to apply."

Sir David Hope-Dunbar, our new Dumfries & Galloway Regional Chair, who has been in the role since early 2021, said:

“After enjoying more than 55 years of hands-on management of the farms and other aspects of St Mary’s Isle Estate, I chose to retire but I still wanted to contribute to the vast amount of work taking place across rural Scotland. Land managers play a hugely important role in tackling climate change and the Regional Chair position at SLE enables me to use my knowledge and experience to help other land managers, rural businesses and communities, especially in my own region. As Regional Chair I take part in events, meet members old and new and work closely with SLE colleagues on issues that matter to land managers. I thoroughly recommend you apply for the Highland Regional Chair position.”

We have been extremely lucky having had Gordon Robertson as Highland Chair for the past fifteen years, and he has now decided to retire. He has done a remarkable job covering such a huge area and in being able to advise SLE colleagues on a myriad of different subjects from crofting to tourism and fish farming. Gordon’s replacement needs to be as dynamic and have a good network of contacts around the Highlands and feel comfortable selling Scottish Land & Estates membership while at the same time be able to communicate with the local press and politicians.

Find out more about the role and how to apply