Senior Leadership Team

Our CEO, directors and heads of unit provide the executive leadership, and strategic and operational management of NatureScot.

Find out what each member of the Senior Leadership Team is responsible for and the skills that each individual brings to the role.

You can view the salaries paid to our Chief Executive, directors and heads of unit in our Annual Report and Accounts.


Executive Office

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Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive

Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team

Francesca Osowska

Francesca leads NatureScot work to enhance our natural environment and inspire the people of Scotland to care more about it. Working closely with the Scottish Government and partners, Francesca builds consensus on the vital role of nature-based, nature-rich solutions to the climate emergency and as a cornerstone of Scotland’s green recovery from Covid-19.

Telephone: 01463 725001

Director of Nature and Climate Change

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Nick Halfhide

Nick leads NatureScot’s drive to reverse the current decline in nature, and work with nature to tackle climate change.  Nick champions solutions on NatureScot’s own land, and works with a range of stakeholders so that nature can thrive across Scotland’s land and seas.

Telephone: 01463 7252247

Director of Sustainable Growth

Robbie Kernahan

Robbie Kernahan

Robbie leads our work to deliver Sustainable Growth. Working across the business and with a range of externals, Robbie provides leadership and strategic vision to secure greater investment in nature to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Telephone: 01463 725353

Director of Business Services and Transformation

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Jane Macdonald

Jane is the strategic lead on organisational transformation and the delivery of excellent business and corporate services. Working collaboratively across the organisation, she and her teams provide the expertise, functions and facilities to empower colleagues to deliver for nature and the people of Scotland. Her focus is on enabling NatureScot, Scotland’s nature agency, to be a successful, innovative and inclusive organisation.

Telephone: 01463 725054

Deputy Director of Nature and Climate Change

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Eileen Stuart

Eileen is NatureScot’s lead for science, monitoring and surveillance on land and sea.  Eileen drives forward action to enhance people’s connection with nature, promoting our work on landscape, recreation as well as overseeing our funding streams on biodiversity and place to support the creation of a nature-rich and resilient future.

Telephone: 01463 725227

Deputy Director of Sustainable Growth

Claudia Rowse, Senior Leadership Team

Claudia Rowse

Claudia provides leadership on supporting transformative land use and investing in natural capital to address the twin challenges of biodiversity and climate change. Claudia also oversees our operational teams located across Scotland, working with them to ensure that our work is sensitive to local and regional issues and opportunities.  She supports the organisation’s work on how nature contributes to a wellbeing and green recovery.

Telephone: 01463 725319

Deputy Director of Business Services and Transformation

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Stuart MacQuarrie

Stuart leads NatureScot’s business planning functions to ensure our resources are fully aligned to deliver bold and effective solutions towards restoring and growing Scotland’s biodiversity. This includes working across teams to respond rapidly to emerging resourcing needs which help progress determined action to address the twin challenges of tackling biodiversity loss and the climate emergency.

Tel: 01463 725274

Head of External Affairs

Jason Ormiston Head of External Affairs, NatureScot February 2020

Jason Ormiston

Jason is the strategic lead on the NatureScot brand, stakeholder engagement and PR. Working with the Board and the Senior Leadership Team, Jason, along with the Communications and Executive Office teams, positions NatureScot as a leading supporter of Scotland’s response to the twin crises of climate emergency and biodiversity decline and the Green Recovery from Covid-19.

Tel: 0131 3162640