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Board members

Our Board members together make decisions relating to the strategic direction of our organisation on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

Read brief biographies of our Board members to discover the skills and experience that each brings to Scottish Natural Heritage.

You can view the level of remuneration awarded to Board members in our annual report and accounts.

Dr Mike Cantlay OBE, Chair

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Dr Mike Cantlay OBE was appointed Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage in May 2017. He is also Chair of the Scottish Funding Council. Mike has over 25 years’ experience of public sector leadership and governance.

Mike is Chairman of William Glen Limited which trades in Scotland, Canada and USA, having previously been CEO of specialist retailers Hector Russell and The Whisky Shop. He has held several public appointments including Chair of Highlands and Islands Airport (HIAL) Limited; Chair of VisitScotland; Convener of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority; Chair of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley; Chair of the Board of Management at Forth Valley College; Advisory Member of the Board of Scottish Enterprise and Ex-Officio Board Member of VisitBritain.

Mike studied at the University of Strathclyde, achieving a Bachelor of Arts in 1985 and then a Master of Business Administration in 1989. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stirling in 2003 for services to tourism.

Dr Cantlay was awarded Public Sector Leader of the Year at the Scottish Leadership Awards 2012 and was made an OBE in 2014 for services to tourism. Mike was brought up in Callander, Perthshire where he and his family still live and care for 65 acre Callandrade Estate.

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Cath Denholm, Deputy Chair

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Cath Denholm has worked for more than 20 years in NHS management and strategic roles in primary care, GP appraisal and public health. She joined NHS Health Scotland in 2005 and is currently Director of Strategy with a range of responsibilities including: corporate strategy and performance; communications and public affairs; HR/OD and business excellence; and national leadership for human rights in health and social care. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also a Board member for Impact Arts. Her overarching professional interests are strategy, change management and partnership working across sectors in order to achieve fair access for all and good value for public money.

Cath’s role as Executive Director for NHS Health Scotland is her only other ministerial appointment.

Cath will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2022.

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Angus Campbell, Deputy Chair

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Angus Campbell has served for 17 years as a councillor, and is currently Leader of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Angus has a long history of engaging with the Scottish Government, UK Government and Europe on a range of issues.

As owner of two local companies on the Isle of Lewis, Angus employs more than 30 people.

In addition, Angus is a:

  • Board member of Western Isles Development Trust
  • Board member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • director of Lewis Castle Trust
  • past member of the NHS Western Isles Health Board

Angus will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2021. He holds no other ministerial appointments.

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Dr Kate Broughton

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Dr Kate Broughton has 30 years’ experience in research and the energy business, as a geologist and in the private sector.

When she worked for Edinburgh-based Wood Mackenzie, Kate was closely involved in the growth of the business. She brings to our Board her experience of strategic development and governance.

Kate’s financial acumen comes from working as a UK oil and gas analyst and from having budget responsibility for global research and operations teams.

She also has a strong track record in:

  • process improvement
  • product development
  • change management

Kate has a particular interest in efficient digital delivery and data management.

She was awarded a PhD in Geology by the University of Sheffield in 1991.

Kate will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2022. She holds no other ministerial appointments.

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Professor Robert Furness

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Professor Robert Furness is Principal Ornithologist at MacArthur Green and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Much of Bob’s recent work relates to interactions between seabirds and marine renewables developments. Fisheries have been another chief focus.

Bob’s work has included:

  • a long-term study of seabirds in Shetland – with a focus on seabird-fishery interactions
  • being external chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Benchmark Workshop on Sprat Stocks
  • assessing the sustainability of several major North American fisheries as part of the Marine Stewardship Council certification team
  • chairing the IAPEME – a panel of experts that oversees monitoring programmes for marine wind farms in Denmark

Bob remains an external expert to the ICES Benchmark Working Group on Sandeel Stocks. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Bob will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2021. He holds no other ministerial appointments.

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Ian Gillies

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Ian Gillies lives on the island of Tiree, Argyll, and is an experienced land and estate manager, with a good knowledge of agriculture, crofting, and croft legislation.

As a previous Local Authority Councillor and Board member of the David MacBrayne Group, as well as serving on a number of charitable and community organisations, he brings to the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage a sound understanding of governance and community issues.

Ian has a deep interest in Scottish politics, rural, island, and marine matters.

He will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2021. Ian holds no other ministerial appointments.

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Aoife Martin

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Aoife Martin is currently Director of Operations at Seafish – the NDPB responsible for supporting the UK seafood sector. Aoife is an experienced resource management professional who has returned to Scotland after spending 12 years working for the New Zealand Government in fisheries, forestry and land management. During her career, she has worked across the public and private sector in the UK and New Zealand.

Aoife will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2022. She holds no other ministerial appointments.

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Susan Murray

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Susan Murray brings a range of experience from executive and non-executive roles and is currently Head of External Relations with Corra Foundation.

She has volunteered widely, including eight years leading conservation projects with the National Trust for Scotland and three years on her Local Community Council.

Ms Murray was a founding Trustee of the ICAS Foundation, an organisation working hard to change the diversity of young people entering the finance profession.

Susan has studied at the University of Edinburgh, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Aberdeen Business School and is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

Susan will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2022.

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Dr Jackie Hyland

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Dr Jackie Hyland is the Associate Director of Public Health with NHS Tayside and leads on health equity and environmental health.

Jackie advises on health aspects of environmental protection and the promotion of biodiversity within the health sector.

She has published on:

  • environmental health management
  • engagement with stakeholders
  • socioeconomic impact of air pollution and health

Jackie is a member of the Scottish (Managed) Sustainable Health Network and is a clinical supervisor at the University of Dundee.

Jackie qualified in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.

Her only other ministerial appointment was as a Board member of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

Jackie will serve as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage until 31 March 2022.

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