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.

Contact

Executive Office
Telephone: 01463 725 010
Email: [email protected]

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Chief Executive and Accountable Officer

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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.

Chief Executive and Accountable Officer, NatureScot, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW.

Telephone: 01463 725003
Email: [email protected]

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 TeamSNH 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.

Director of Business Services and Transformation, NatureScot, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW.

Telephone: 01463 725054
Email: [email protected]

Director of Sustainable Growth

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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.

Robbie has undertaken the Director, Sustainable Growth role since March 2020 while Nick Halfhide is on secondment.

Director of Sustainable Growth, NatureScot, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW.

Telephone: 01463 725353
Email: robbie.kernahan@nature.scot

Director of People and Nature

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Sally Thomas

Sally is responsible for ensuring that nature is at the centre of all that we do, that we continue to tackle biodiversity loss, focus on nature based solutions to climate change and enable people to access and connect with nature on our National Nature Reserves and more widely across Scotland. She is also NatureScot’s Chief Scientist and maintains an oversight of science across all four outcomes.

Director of People and Nature, NatureScot, Silvan House, 3rd Floor East, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 7AT.

Telephone: 0131 3162626
Email: [email protected]

Deputy Director of Sustainable Growth

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Ross Johnson

Ross is responsible for our work with land managers to tackle biodiversity loss and to deliver nature-based solutions to climate change.  Ross also oversees our operational teams located all around Scotland, working with them to ensure that our work is sensitive to local and regional issues and opportunities.

Head of Sustainable Growth, NatureScot, Strathallan House, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TZ.

Telephone: 07500 121609
Email: [email protected]

Deputy Director of People and Nature

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Eileen Stuart

Eileen is the strategic lead for our work to tackle climate change and enhance people’s connection with nature.  Eileen leads teams of specialists providing advice on species conservation, landscape, recreation and designated sites to local authorities, and partners, to support the creation of a nature-rich and resilient future.

    Head of People and Nature, NatureScot, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW.

    Telephone: 01463 725227
    Email: [email protected]

    Head of External Affairs

    Jason Ormiston Head of External Affairs, NatureScot February 2020

    Jason Ormiston

    Jason is the strategic lead on our planned rebrand to NatureScot, stakeholder engagement and communications. 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 climate emergency and biodiversity decline, and contributing to the recovery from Covid-19.

    Jason Ormiston
    Tel: 0131 3162640
    Email: [email protected]

    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.

    Stuart MacQuarrie
    Tel: 01463 725274
    E-mail: stuart.macquarrie@nature.scot