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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Colin Galbraith

Remuneration / Employment

  • Chairman, NatureScot
  • Income from property

Related Undertakings

  • Holder of a Schedule 1 bird License to undertake ecological surveys. NatureScot Board rep on JNCC

Contracts

  • Colin Galbraith Environment Limited has undertaken contracts for the United Nations, a number of UK government Agencies and the private sector. The work undertaken is ecological research and interpretation in nature. Current work relates to climate change, the ecology of the golden eagle, red kite, red throated diver and the saker falcon.

Election Expenses

  • None

House, Land and Buildings

  • Property in Edinburgh and Argyll

Interest in shares and securities

  • Director Colin Galbraith Environment Limited

Gifts and Hospitality

  • None

Non-Financial Interests

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 
  • Appointed Councillor on Climate Change to the UN Convention on Migratory Species. 
  • Honorary Professor at the University of Stirling. 
  • Member of RSPB.
  • Member of the Scottish Ornithological Club.
  • Founder member of the Argyll Bird Club.  

Close Family Members 

  • None

Jill Robbie

Remuneration

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow
  • Deputy Chair, NatureScot

Related undertakings

  • Protected Areas Committee

Non-Financial Interests

  • Board Member, Association of Law, Property and Society
  • Member, Land and Human Rights Advisory Forum, Scottish Land Commission   
  • Member, University and College Union
  • Chair, Scottish Beaver Advisory Group

Close family members

  • Sister, Morwen Mands, is Director of Sustainability at Gleneagles, where there is a SSSI                                                                                                                             

Margaret Davidson

Remuneration

  • Joint ownership of Abriachan Garden & Nursery

Related Undertakings

  • Audit and Risk Committee   

Non-Financial Interests  

  • Board Member – Highland Hospice
  • Board Member – Abriachan Forest Trust
  • Member – National Trust of Scotland
  • Member – Royal Horticultural Society
  • Member – Scotland’ Garden  Scheme                                                                                                                                            

Ian Gambles

Related Undertakings

  • Chair, Audit and Risk Committee

Remuneration

  • Vice-Chair of the Ernest Cook Trust. The Ernest Cook Trust is a charity supporting outdoor education for disadvantaged children and young people. The Trust has significant land and residential property holdings in England

Non-Financial Interests 

  • Honorary Fellow of the James Hutton Institute

Jaboury Ghazoul

Related Undertakings

  • Board Member: Brainforest Scientific Advisory Board: Precious Forest Foundation
  • Member of Science Advisory Board for the IUCN Academy
  • Protected Areas Committee, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • People, Place and Landscape Project: Community engagement in landscape change pilots (Bioregioning Tayside)

Remuneration

  • Professor of Ecosystem Management, ETH Zurich
  • Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh

Non-Financial Interests 

Member of:

  • British Ecological Society
  • Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Commonwealth Forestry Association
  • Royal Scottish Forestry Society

James Harrison

Remuneration

  • Professor of Environmental Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Board Member, NatureScot
  • External PhD supervisor, University of the Arctic, Tromsø

Directorships

  • Non-Executive Director, Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (Company number SC399582) (unremunerated)
  • Secretary, Broughton After-School Club (Company number SC253124) (unremunerated)

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member, John Muir Trust
  • Member, Marine Conservation Society
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Environmental Law
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
  • Editorial Board Member, Stair Memorial Encyclopedia

Peter Higgins

Related Undertakings

  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • NatureScot Board rep for JNCC

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 (until mid 2024)                                                                                        

David Johnstone

Related Undertakings

  • Chair, Protected Areas Committee

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 NatureScot may be part of the planning consultee process.  These are:
  • Possible access to the Daer and Rivox Windfarm through the estate
  • Ongoing re accreditation of Woodland Carbon Credits
  • Exploring the potential for restoration of Peatlands

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

  • Scottish Land & Estates Deer Advisory Group
  • 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
  • River Annan fishery board
  • River Annan trust - the trust has been successful in a bid for FIRNS 2 funding. I would like to confirm that none of the pilot projects are on land or the river that I own and manage.

Colin MacPhail

Related Undertakings

  • Audit and Risk Committee

Remuneration

  • Self-employed 
  • C A MacPhail Consulting Ltd – Director
  • 5Agri Ltd – Director
  • Agri-Ignite Ltd – Director
  • Safe Worksite – Director
  • H & E MacPhail (Callachally Farm) – Partner

House, Land and Buildings

  • Callachally Farm, Salen, Aros, Isle of Mull, PA72 6JN
  • Agricultural Support
  • AECS Agri environment schemes
  • Sea Eagle Management Scheme recipient        

Directorships, Consultancy, Shares and Securities         

  • Agricultural and business Consultancy for many Rural businesses and land managers. 

Non-Financial Interests

  • Highland Cattle Society
  • Blackface Sheep Breeders
  • Chair of NSA Scotland Scotsheep 2024                                                                                                           

Wayne Powell

Remuneration

  • Principal/Chief Executive SRUC. Kings Buildings, West Main Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3JG
  • Chair of Interface, part of the business element of Scotland’s Rural Collage (SRUC)
  • Board Member, NatureScot 

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member Scotland’s Science advisory Council                                                                                

Heather Reid

Related Undertakings

  • Audit and Risk Committee

Remuneration

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

Non-Financial Interests

  • Non-Executive Director/Trustee of Dynamic Earth (Science Centre)                                                                                             

Nikki Yoxall

Related Undertakings

  • Protected Areas Committee
  • Audit and Risk Committee

Remuneration

  • Pasture For Life- Head of Research.
  •  Self-employed consultant, regenerative agriculture and agroecology. Clients include Auchinhandoch Farm Partnership and Highlands Rewilding Limited. 
  • Royal Agricultural University, external examiner. 
  • University of Gloucestershire– PhD Stipend. 
  • Director of Grampian Graziers Ltd.

Contracts

  • None

Election Expenses

  • None

House, Land and Buildings

  • Property in Aberdeenshire.

Non-Financial Interests

  • Member of NFU Scotland 
  • Member of the Land Workers’ Alliance. 
  • Moredun Institute Regenerative Agriculture Advisory Board 
  • Member of Agriculture Reform and Implementation Oversight Board. 
  • Soil Association Farmer Ambassador 

Scientific Advisory Committee Members

Ruth Mitchell

Remuneration

  • Employed as group lead for the Biodiversity and Ecosystems group.  A Plant and Soil Ecologist, carrying 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 NatureScot awarded to the James Hutton Institute (JHI) and previously supervised PhD students funded by NatureScot.

Non-Financial Interests

  • 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

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                                                                                                              

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

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, educational institution, full time employment as Professor
  • JNCC, nature conservation committee, non-executive director, advisory capacity (monthly) till May 2022
  • DEFRA SAC from June 1st 2022. (approx. 6 times per year)
  • SCHEER, EU scientific advice committee (approx. 3 times per year) till 2026
  • Member NERC science committee (from Jan 2024) (3 times per year)

Non-Financial Interests

  •  Member of the NERC net zero digital infrastructure board
  • Member of the Royal Society partnership grant committee
  • Fellow Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Fellow Royal Statistical Society

Kathy Dale

Remuneration

  • I do occasional self-employed work as an individual. This ranges from providing ecological training courses, through making grant applications for ecological work, to providing administrative support for a development trust.

Non-Financial Interests

  • I am the Chair of Tarland Wetlands Group, a sub-group of Tarland Development Group. This group was recently the recipient of a Nature Restoration Fund grant.
  • I undertake voluntary professional work for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and I am a Fellow of this Institute.