Leading the movement towards sustainable land management in Scotland

Our new Landscape Leadership programme enables ambitious and forward-looking individuals to take action against the biggest challenges facing Scotland and the world: wildlife collapse and climate change.

The programme brings together a network of leaders who want to work collaboratively towards a sustainable land management movement in Scotland.

Participants develop the strategic and leadership skills needed to make transformative environmental change at a landscape scale.

What is Landscape Leadership?

The goal of the programme is to enable, empower, and connect influential leaders across Scotland, building their capacity to make change. This will feed into an environmental movement in Scotland that will embed positive change across the rural sector.

Why are we running the programme?

We are facing potentially devastating impacts of climate change, and we need land management that provides environmental, economic and social benefits, to help build a more resilient rural sector.

Who is involved?

  • David Michie, Deputy Director at Soil Association Scotland, programme lead
  • Emma Cooper, programme facilitator and coach
  • Stephen Young, Head of Policy at Scottish Land & Estates

Programme activities

The programme is being delivered over the course of four residential sessions between January and April 2020, with each session running over two days.

The sessions take place within inspirational settings around Scotland, including Drumlanrig Castle, Loch Lomond, Holyrood, and the Rottal Estate.

Participants work towards a Leadership Development Plan to balance economic, social and environmental priorities within the landscape they manage, influence policy in Scotland, and engage with communities and stakeholders. They also put together a Personal Development Plan to develop their strategic and leadership skills.

Leadership coaching between sessions helps participants turn their aspirations into tailored project plans they can act on.

Programme participants 2020

We’re delighted to welcome this year’s participants in the Landscape Leadership programme:

  • Thomas Bowser, Owner, The Argaty Red Kite Project
  • Jack Campbell, Estate Factor, Balavil Estate
  • Grant Conchie, Estate Manager, Douglas & Angus Estates
  • Steven Dunion, Head of Forestry & Operations, Cambusmore Estate
  • Antony Gifford, Managing Partner, Kinnordy Farms Partnership, owner of Kinnordy & Balintore Estates
  • Nicola Hunt, Programme Manager, borders Forest Trust
  • Dr Jessica Lynch Maxwell, Project Development Manager, Loch Arkaig Pine Forest (Woodland Trust Scotland)
  • Jim Mann, Founder, The Birch Syrup Company
  • David Sumsion, Owner, Ardkinglas Estate
  • Richard Williams, Land Operations Manager, The John Muir Trust

Want to get involved?

If you’re interested in learning more about how this year’s programme is going, or want to hear news of future programmes, we would love to hear from you.

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