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Senior Leadership Team

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

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
Telephone: 01463 725 010
Email: [email protected]

Chief Executive and Accountable Officer

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Our Chief Executive, Francesca Osowska has overall responsibility for managing the organisation including oversight of delivery of our undertakings to Government and the aspirations of our Corporate Strategy, and ensuring that Scottish Natural Heritage operates efficiently and effectively.

Francesca is the Accountable Officer for SNH. As such, she is responsible to the Scottish Parliament and to the Accountable Office of the responsible department for the resources under her control.

Chief Executive and Accountable Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage, 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 keeps our Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team informed so that they can make sound strategic decisions.

Jane draws on our business planning, allocations, budget management and reporting activities to produce timely and accurate management information.

It’s also Jane’s task to confirm that how we deliver our work and manage our finances is effective. This gives our Chief Executive and Board assurance that their obligations are being met.

Director of Business Services and Transformation, Scottish Natural Heritage, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8LZ.

Telephone: 01463 725054
Email: [email protected]

Director of Sustainable Growth

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Nick Halfhide’s role as Director of Sustainable Growth gives him oversight of four Activity Teams - Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Management, Sustainable Coasts and Seas and Supporting Good Development.

Nick also oversees the operational and advisory activities of our local offices. His remit spans:

  • casework
  • licensing
  • local partnerships
  • work with local authorities
  • Marine planning
  • Deer management
  • Agricultural policy
  • Forestry

Nick oversees operations in:

  • Argyll and Outer Hebrides
  • Forth
  • Northern Isles and North Highland
  • South Highland
  • Southern Scotland
  • Strathclyde and Ayrshire
  • Tayside and Grampian

Director of Sustainable Growth, Scottish Natural Heritage, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW

Telephone: 01463 725224
Email: [email protected]

Director of People & Nature

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Sally Thomas oversees the work of five Activity teams - Placemaking for People and Nature, Managing Nature Reserves, Biodiversity and Geodiversity, Marine Ecosystems and Protected Areas and Surveillance.  She also maintains an oversight of science across our four outcomes.

Director of People & Nature, Scottish Natural Heritage, Silvan House, 3rd Floor East, 231 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 7AT.

Telephone: 0131 3162626
Email: [email protected]

Head of Sustainable Growth

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Ross Johnston supports our Director of Sustainable Growth and watches over the work of all seven of our Area teams.

This allows Ross to help each area team to deliver its contribution to our current business plan.

Ross leads on various strategic issues designed to improve service delivery for our internal and external customers.

He also liaises with our other heads of service to ensure the joined-up and effective delivery of our work as a whole.

Head of Sustainable Growth, Scottish Natural Heritage, Strathallan House, Castle Business Park, Stirling, FK9 4TZ

Telephone: 07500 121609
Email: [email protected]

Head of People and Nature

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As Head of People and Nature, Eileen Stuart manages issues ranging from habitats to landscape and recreation to designated sites.

Eileen is the strategic lead for a range of programmes and policies:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Placemaking
  • Community Planning

She also leads our input to the:

Head of People and Nature, Scottish Natural Heritage, Great Glen House, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NW

Telephone: 01463 725227
Email: [email protected]

Head of External Affairs

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Alison has responsibility for the communications team who focus on the role of SNH to protect and promote Scotland’s nature.

The team cover:

  • media,
  • digital and web,
  • social media,
  • design,
  • events and conferences,
  • stakeholder relationships,
  • internal communications

Alison also oversees the work of the Chief of Staff and the Executive Office team who lead on the support to our Chair, Board members and our Chief Executive.

Alison Shields
Tel: 0131 3162640
Email: [email protected]

Head of Business Services and Transformation

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Alan has responsibility for finance, planning and performance and strategic outlook in managing delivery of SNH's Outcomes.  As part of SLT he leads on Corporate and Business Planning, resource allocations across SNH Outcomes, performance reporting and horizon scanning on strategic issues. Alan works with the Director of Outcome 4 to drive transformation of our ways of working, and also leads the programme of work to diversify SNH's funding.


Alan Hampson
Tel: 0131 3162670
E-mail: [email protected]