New land commission appoints chief exec
THE NEWLY formed Scottish Land Commission has announced the appointment of Hamish Trench as its permanent chief executive.
Mr Trench will join the Scottish Land Commission from the Cairngorms National Park Authority. He will be responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of the organisation and supporting commissioners in fulfilling their functions.
Mr Trench will assume the role on July 31, taking over from the commission’s interim chief executive Hilary Pearce, who is currently seconded from the Scottish Government.
Mr Trench said: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed chief executive of the Scottish Land Commission. Working in such a new and exciting organisation and being part of driving land reform forward is a unique opportunity.
‘It is a privilege to lead the commission at this important time and I look forward to working with commissioners, staff and other partner organisations.’
Chairman of the Scottish Land Commission Andrew Thin said: ‘I am very pleased Hamish is joining the commission.
‘He has extensive knowledge and experience in land issues, as well as enthusiasm and drive to lead the organisation forward in developing and implementing our strategic plan.
‘I would like to thank Hilary for all of her work over the last few months in setting up the organisation and supporting commissioners.
The establishment phase of any new organisation is always tricky and Hilary has created a solid foundation for Hamish to build on.’
Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: ‘I would like to congratulate Mr Trench on his appointment as chief executive of the Scottish Land Commission.
‘As a chartered surveyor with extensive experience in the public and private sectors, he will bring leadership and focus to land reform issues, shaping future developments and ensuring land continues to play a major part in helping communities across Scotland realise their potential. I wish him success with this crucial work.’