Megan Rowland

SLE Appoints New Highland Regional Support Officer

Press Release

A new regional support officer has been appointed by Scottish Land & Estates to support and promote rural businesses in the Highlands.

Megan Rowland has joined SLE with a wealth of knowledge and experience to utilise, including her ongoing work as a land manager on an estate in Sutherland. 

In 2018, Megan was the recipient of the Lantra Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year award and she is currently undertaking an MSc in Countryside Management with SRUC. In recent times Megan has spoken at the Oxford Farming Conference debate at the Royal Highland Show, Birdfair 2018, ‘Women in Wellies’, and the Rural Youth Project, and regularly writes for The Shooting Times, Countryman’s Weekly, and Shooting Scotland.

At SLE, Megan will work alongside Assynt Foundation director and SLE Highland chairman Gordon Robertson as well as SLE’s Highland committee and staff from the Musselburgh headquarters to deliver a newly formed regional activity plan. This fresh approach is already underway across SLE’s regional set-up following a number of staff additions over the past year.

Megan Rowland said: “I’ve enjoyed contact with Scottish Land & Estates and many of its Highland members over the past few years and it is great to have the opportunity to work for the organisation on a regular basis. The role provides a great blend of interacting directly with rural businesses and cooperating with SLE’s policy team and I’m looking forward to work getting underway.”

Sarah-Jane Laing, Executive Director of SLE, said: “SLE has been revitalising its regional activity in recent months to make sure that we are delivering the best possible service for members. We firmly believe that Megan’s skills and experience will be of great value as we seek to support members’ businesses meet the challenges and opportunities ahead and also increase even further the part they play in helping rural Scotland thrive.”

Gordon Robertson said: “Megan’s enthusiasm for the important role SLE members play in the Scottish economy combined with her desire to explore new thinking will be a great asset to the organisation. Our Highland region not only covers a wide geographical area but also an eclectic mix of businesses from farming to tourism, forestry to hospitality. Megan will undoubtedly help SLE deliver for these businesses and we hope to announce further new support for the region in the near future.”