Croft­ing Com­mis­sion con­vener an­nounced

The Oban Times - - News -

ROD MACKEN­ZIE has been ap­pointed as con­vener of the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion by Ru­ral Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Fer­gus Ewing.

A life­long crofter, Mr Macken­zie is one of the six com­mis­sion­ers re­cently elected to the board by crofters from across the High­lands and Is­lands.

The board also in­cludes two com­mis­sion­ers re­cently ap­pointed by min­is­ters and one re-ap­point­ment po­si­tion who will also serve the croft­ing com­mu­nity in the com­ing years.

Mr Ewing said: ‘I would like to offer my warm­est con­grat­u­la­tions to Mr Macken­zie in his elec­tion as a com­mis­sioner and I am pleased he has taken up the ap­point­ment of con­vener of the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion’s board. As a life­long crofter, Mr Macken­zie will bring a wealth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence to the role and I look for­ward to work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with him in the fu­ture.

‘With the ap­point­ment of the new con­vener, the cre­ation of the new board of com­mis­sion­ers and the re­cruit­ment of a new chief ex­ec­u­tive ear­lier this year, I be­lieve croft­ing can look for­ward to a pe­riod of sta­bil­ity and a pos­i­tive fo­cus on is­sues that will greatly im­prove the lives of those liv­ing in re­mote and ru­ral ar­eas.’

Croft­ing Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill Bar­ron added: ‘I’d like to en­dorse the words of the min­is­ter and add my own best wishes to Mr Macken­zie as he takes on his role as con­vener. We have had sev­eral meet­ings of the board since the elec­tions in March and I have been im­pressed at each by Rod’s en­thu­si­asm and good sense.

‘Along with the staff of the com­mis­sion, I am look­ing for­ward to the work ahead, pro­mot­ing and reg­u­lat­ing croft­ing with a very able group of com­mis­sion­ers, headed now by Mr Macken­zie.’

Mr Macken­zie added: ‘ This is great news. I’m de­lighted to have been se­lected to be the new con­vener of the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion. We’ve had sev­eral meet­ings of the board of com­mis­sion­ers since the elec­tions in March, both for busi­ness and for train­ing as a new group com­ing to­gether and I’ve been im­pressed by just that – how ev­ery­one wants to come to­gether to do a good job for croft­ing.

‘And what I’ve quickly learned is that it is no sim­ple thing. As a pub­lic reg­u­la­tor, you are work­ing within con­straints – there’s no magic wand. But what there is, is the will to work to­gether to make a dif­fer­ence.’

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