Register of Interests - NatureScot Board and Committees

The following paragraphs set out the kinds of interests, financial and otherwise which Board Members have to register. These are called “Registerable Interests”. 

For more information, please see the Code of Conduct for Board members of NatureScot.

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Mike Cantlay

Remuneration

  • Chairman, NatureScot
  • Chairman, Scottish Funding Council

Related Undertakings

  • Board Member of the Convention of the South of Scotland
  • Board Member of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands

Non-Financial Interests

  • Agri-Environment Climate Scheme Application – assessed by SG RPID
  • CrossReach Board Member as of 01/06/20 for 4 year term

Aoife Martin

Remuneration

  • Director of Operations, Seafish
  • Board Member, NatureScot

Related Undertakings

  • Chair, Protected Areas Committee

Directorships, consultancy, shares and securities

  • Non-Executive Director, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
  • (non-financial position)

Ian Gambles

Related undertakings

  • Interim Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Remuneration

  • James Hutton Institute. A charity based in Scotland conducting scientific research in land use and the environment
  • Chair of the Board of Trustees

Peter Higgins

Related undertakings

  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee

Remuneration

  • Professor of Outdoor and Environmental Education, University of Edinburgh

Non-Financial Interests

  • Chair of the Board of Trustees of a national environmental education charity - the Field Studies Council

David Johnstone

Remuneration

  • Partner and Owner of Annandale Estates, a family run rural property estate in south-west of Scotland just south of Moffat.  This involves rural occupations, farming, forestry, renewables, residential and commercial property, tourism. This is a full-time occupation.
  • The estate has a number of projects that are either in planning, or about to be lodged for planning, for which (I) believe NatureScot will be part of the planning consultee process.  These are

    • A planning application for the extraction of stone at Hazel bank – planning lodged
    • The extension of the Minnygap wind farm – planning not lodged
    • Possible access to the Daer Windfarm through the estate – planning lodged

Contracts

  • Annandale Estates has a contract with NatureScot involved in a management contract to look after and maintain Lochwood Oaks, an area of SSSi through to 2025.

House, Land and Buildings

  • As noted in “contracts”; there is a management contract in place between the estate and NatureScot for the management of Lochwood Oaks, which is an SSSi until 2025.

Directorships, Consultancy, Shares and Securities

  • Director of South Community Housing

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member of Scottish Land and Estates, and take part in the South West regional Committee along with the Policy group, centred at headquarters in Musselburgh
  • Chairman of the local Johnstone Centre & Community Development Trust

Colin MacPhail

Remuneration

  • Self-employed 
  • C A MacPhail Consulting Ltd – Director
  • 5Agri Ltd – Director
  • Agri-Ignite Ltd – Director
  • Safe Worksite – Director (pending)
  • H & E MacPhail (Callachally Farm) – currently paid labour soon to become a partner (pending)

House, Land and Buildings

  • Callachally Farm, Salen, Aros, Isle of Mull PA72 6JN
  • AECS Agri environment schemes

Wayne Powell

Remuneration

  • Principal/Chief Executive SRUC. Kings Buildings, West Main Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG
  • Board Member, NatureScot (no remuneration)

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member Scotland’s Science Advisory Council
  • Convener Universities Scotland RKEC committee

Heather Reid

Remuneration

  • Self-Employed - Science Education Consultant – Teacher CPD provider and conference facilitator
  • Board Member – Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority

Non-Financial Interests

  • Trustee of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Countryside Trust

Nikki Yoxall

Remuneration

  • Pasture for Life - Head of Research
  • Self employed consultant, education and agroecology. 2-3 days per week.
  • Blackwells Farm Limited – shareholder, mixed farm

Contracts

  • Highlands Rewilding  - consultancy contract

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member of the Land Workers’ Alliance
  • Nature Friendly Farming Network, Scotland Steering Group
  • Soil Association – Farmer and Grower Board member

Scientific Advisory Committee Members

Dan Haydon

Remuneration

  • Professor of Population Ecology and Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow

Non-Financial Interests

  • Founding Director of the Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, and currently is Director of the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Ruth Mitchell

Remuneration

  • Employed as Plant and Soil Ecologist, full time, to carry out ecological research on a variety of topics including impacts of: pollution, habitat management, land use change, climate change, habitat restoration and tree diseases on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. This work includes projects funded by NatureScot, DEFRA, JNCC, BBSRC and the Scottish Government through its strategy research programme

Contracts

  • Previous contracts from NautreScot awarded to the James Hutton Institute (JHI); although none currently

Non-Financial Interests

  • Committee Member of the British Ecological Society’s Scottish Policy group.  A group of BES members that aims to help to make links between ecologists and policy makers.  The role is entirely voluntary but the group sometimes responds to consultations by NatureScot for example I was asked to comment on “Scoping a strategic vision for the uplands – key questions for discussion”.
  • Member of Defra Trees and Woodlands Science Advisory Group​​​​​​​
  • Member of the British Ecological Society
  • ​​​​​​​Member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Life member of the RSPB
  • Life member of the National Trust
  • Life member of British Trust for Ornithology
  • Member of BSBI
  • Member of Prospect Trade Union
  • Currently jointly supervises one NatureScot funded PhD student who is registered at Aberdeen University. Have supervised one previous NatureScot funded studentship

Aileen Mill

Remuneration

  • Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

Non-Financial Interests

Member of:

  • British Ecological Society
  • Northumberland Wildlife Trust
  • Natural History Society of Northumberland
  • Joint Advisory Committee for Lindisfarne NNR

Martin Price

Remuneration

  • Martin is an Emeritus Professor with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)
  • Martin works alongside Scottish, European and other international organisations, focusing on the sustainable development of mountain areas, and biosphere reserves, designated under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.  He chairs the UK MAB Committee.

Non-Financial Interests

Member of:

  • National Trust for Scotland
  • John Muir Trust
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Mountaineering Scotland
  • Trustee of the African Mountain Research Foundation

Neil Metcalfe

Remuneration

  • University of Glasgow – Professor (full time)

Non-Financial Interests

Membership of:

  • British Trust for Ornithology
  • Fisheries Society of the British Isles
  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • British Ecological Society
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Historic Scotland
  • Garden Organic
  • University & College Union
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Member of Board of Clyde River Foundation
  • Member of the John Muir Trust
  • Member of the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club

Jane Reid

Remuneration

  • Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Professor, Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway

Non-Financial Interests

  • Director, Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust
  • Member, British Trust for Ornithology
  • Member, National Trust for Scotland
  • Member, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
  • Member, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club
  • Member, Grampian Ringing Group
  • Member, Glasgow Natural History Society
  • Member, British Ecological Society
  • Member, European Society for Evolutionary Biology
  • Collaborator, Scottish Chough Study Group
  • Collaborator, seabird research projects on Isle of May NNR
  • Supervisor of NERC-funded PhD student who is CASE supported by NatureScot
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters

Marian Scott

Remuneration

  • University of Glasgow, Professor (full time)
  • JNCC, nature conservation committee, non-executive director, advisory capacity (monthly) til May 2022
  • DEFRA SAC from June 1st 2022.(approx. 6 times per year)
  • SCHEER, EU scientific advice committee (approx. 3 times per year)

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member of the Scottish Science advisory committee
  • Member of the NERC net zero digital infrastructure board
  • Member of the Royal Society partnership grant committee