Employment History

Employment History
  • 04/02 - Present: Leadership and management advisor, environmental policy and strategy advisor, and writer and lecturer. Serving as Non-Executive Director and Trustee: Scottish Agriculture College (and Chairman of Student Liaison Committees, member of Finance & General Purposes and Audit Committees), The National Trust for Scotland (and Convenor of Conservation Committee), Plantlife International and now Chairman, and Fieldfare International Ecological Development plc. Chair: IUCN-The World Conservation Union World Commission on Protected Areas Europe Region, and the Sibthorp Trust. Visiting Professor: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Royal Holloway Universities. Secretary Royal Society of Edinburgh Inquiries into Energy Issues for Scotland, and Scotland’s Hills and Islands. Patron: Scottish Association of Geography Teachers. Consultant and adviser on natural heritage and protected areas, and on organisational development capacity building to governments and agencies in Bulgaria, Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia; and adviser to WWF Scotland, Murton Educational Trust and others. Writing and lecturing.
  • 04/02 - 03/02: Chief Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage (an NDPB):responsible to non-executive Board for advising on policies and programmes for natural heritage; personally responsible as Accountable Officer for Budget of £50m and for leadership and management of 750 fte staff; implementing agreed action, managing staff and other resources, external liaison and representation.
  • 09/91 - 03/92: Promoted following external competition to Chief Executive Designate, Scottish Natural Heritage: responsible for setting strategy, work programme, and structure, and employing staff.
  • 12/90 - 08/91: Head of Rural Affairs Division 1, The Scottish Office Environment Department: responsible for Natural Heritage (Scotland) Bill, sponsorship of Countryside Commission for Scotland and Nature Conservancy Council for Scotland, nature conservation and countryside policy, environmental initiatives.
  • 11/88 - 12/90: Head of Rural Affairs Division, The Scottish Office Environment Department: responsible for policy on countryside and nature conservation, sponsorship of Countryside Commission for Scotland, rural policy co-ordination, environmental policy for agriculture, forestry, fish farming.
  • 07/84 - 11/88: Promoted to Senior Civil Service Unified Grade 5. Head of Highlands and Tourism Division, The Scottish Office Industry Department: responsible for policy on tourism and development of the Highlands and Islands, sponsorship of the Highlands and Islands Development Board and the Scottish Tourist Board.
  • 04/82 - 06/84: Principal Research Officer, Central Research Unit, The Scottish Office: responsible for research and advice to policy staff and Ministers on sea fisheries law enforcement and local authority expenditure needs.
  • 04/81 - 03/82: Senior Principal Research Officer (temporary promotion) Central Research Unit; management of research on oil, housing, planning, transport.
  • 08/74 - 04/78: Senior Research Officer and 05/78 - 03/81: Principal Research Officer seconded to the Industry Department for Scotland responsible for research and advice on North Sea oil, gas and petrochemical developments, associated policy and onshore effects.
  • 09/72 - 07/74: Research Fellow to the British Geomorphological Research Group under the direction of Professor E H Brown, Department of Geography, University College London: responsible for compilation of The Geomorphological Map of Great Britain. Pure and applied geomorphological research and coastal planning investigations.
  • 08/66 - 08/72: Research Assistant to Professor K Walton, Department of Geography. University of Aberdeen: geomorphological research on evolution of sandy coasts: Montrose area (M.Litt. thesis); County Mayo, Eire; Fuertaventura, Canary Islands; Vestspitsbergen, Svalbard. Development of management strategies for sandy coastal systems for Countryside Commission for Scotland. Development of techniques for assessing the physical potential of land especially in Upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire.



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