Scottish Land & Estates appoints new Head of Communications

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A new Head of Communications has been appointed by rural business organisation, Scottish Land & Estates.

Laura Butcher joins SLE from the Law Society of Scotland, the professional body and regulator of Scottish solicitors, where she was also Head of Communications.

A chartered PR practitioner, Laura has over 15 years’ experience of working in communications in not-for-profit organisations. She has previously held communications roles at environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) following time spent in positions in Australia and the north of England.

Based at its Musselburgh HQ, Laura will be responsible for managing SLE’s events, publications, public affairs and media/digital media strategy. Laura will also have a key role in engaging with SLE’s membership and representing the contribution they make to Scotland’s rural economy.

Laura Butcher said: “I can’t wait to get work underway at SLE. It’s a busy time with so much going on that could impact on our members and I want to make a positive contribution to their activities. I am looking forward to getting out and about to meet members and find out more about the sector.”

Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director at SLE, said: “Laura joins us with a wealth of experience and skills which will benefit SLE and its membership moving forward. This is a new post within the organisation and one we felt was important to create as we continued our investment in staff over the past year. 

“We were really impressed by Laura’s enthusiasm and her understanding of the issues faced by land-based businesses and we look forward to her positive contribution in the months and years ahead.”