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NatureScot Board vacancy

Dear Potential Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the current vacancies on the Board of NatureScot.

Regenerating and restoring nature is the vital work of NatureScot.  In 2019, Scotland was the first nation to declare a climate emergency.  We also face a nature crisis.  Scotland must show similar leadership if we are to secure a nature-rich and resilient future for all in this country. NatureScot is at the heart of this national endeavour.  We want our Board to steer the organisation in this effort.

NatureScot has a key role in Scotland working with partners in promoting and enhancing the natural heritage and wildlife of Scotland, on land and at sea.  As a Board member you will provide crucial strategic direction for the organisation, as well as having the opportunity to work with a highly professional and committed staff body and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders. 

We are launching into a new phase, set out in our new Corporate Plan.  It is a renewed vision that seeks to protect the nature we have, restore and regenerate it to good health, underpinned by increasing recognition of the value of nature.  In partnership with many partners, we are looking to reverse decades of decline and bend the curve upwards.

NatureScot is Scotland’s nature agency with 30 years’ experience acting as a key statutory adviser to Scottish Ministers and fulfils responsibilities across Scotland as a whole, including urban and rural Scotland and covering a range of environments including land, freshwater and marine.  If successful, you will be appointed by Scottish Ministers.

We value very highly the benefits of having different experience and points of view on our Board.  Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

Thank you again for your interest and I hope you will give serious consideration to applying.

Yours sincerely

Mike Cantlay


Mike Cantley

An interview with Lorna Slater MSP

Lorna Slater, Scotland’s Biodiversity Minister, explains how important NatureScot’s leadership role is during this time of nature emergency in Scotland, and details how we must bring together different interests to work together for nature to thrive again. Guided by a new corporate plan, NatureScot and its board will help nature heal by 2045 and contribute to tackling the climate crisis.

Board members Prof Pete Higgins and Dr Heather Reid talk about their experiences on the Board of NatureScot.  

Prof Pete Higgins

Dr Heather Reid

About NatureScot

If you would like to have an informal chat about what is involved in being part of our Board or the selection process,
please contact Graham Boyle, Chief of Staff at NatureScot on 01463 725091 or by email at [email protected]

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 30th May 2022.