New land com­mis­sion ap­points chief exec

The Oban Times - - Outdoors - Hamish Trench.

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.’

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