Our Board

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Our Board is responsible for providing strategic direction and advice to our organisation. It meets on a quarterly basis to ensure our organisation represents the wider interests of our membership, continues to work towards delivering a clear vision and strategy, and ensures the financial stability and accountability of the company. 

Our Board members come from a variety of different backgrounds in the rural sector, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge on land management and rural issues. 

 

David Johnstone

Chairman

David owns and manages Annandale Estates, just south of Moffat in Dumfriesshire. The Estate enterprises comprise a mixed upland stock farm consisting of North Country Cheviots and a pedigree Luing cattle herd, along with 16 let farms. The Estate also runs a forestry operation, a residential and commercial property letting and renovating...

Mark Tennant

Vice-Chair (Policy)

Mark’s career has ranged from tending refugees to investment banking. His working life began in nursing with the NHS, which included a period in a Tibetan refugee camp in India. Mark then joined the Scots Guards before moving into a career in the City of London in 1974. Over the next 43 years he held various roles including running the...

Dee Ward

Vice-Chair (Operations)

As well as overseeing the Business side of SLE, Dee owns and runs Rottal Estate in the Angus Glens. It is a mixed Highland Estate with sheep farming, holiday lets, grouse and partridge shooting, deer stalking and a hydro-electric scheme. Dee’s background is primarily in business, having built up and sold an office watercooler business,...

Sarah-Jane Laing

Chief Executive

Sarah-Jane was appointed as Executive Director in May 2017, overseeing the policy work of the organisation, directing all external and internal communications, in addition to holding organisational responsibilities and leading on lobbying and representational work. Sarah-Jane joined the organisation in 2004 as Housing Strategy Officer,...

Evelyn Channing

Board Member

After graduating from Reading University with a BSc in Land Management, Evelyn joined Savills plc in 1988, initially based in the Brechin office before moving to the Rural Agency Team in the Edinburgh office in 1995. Evelyn was appointed as a Director of the business in 2014 and has recently been appointed Head of Rural Agency for...

Hugh Campbell-Adamson

Board Member

Hughie has run Stracathro Estates, in North Angus, for 25 years and developed it from a predominantly agricultural concern into a more diversified business, encompassing renewables, residential and commercial lets and sporting. He has, at various times, held several voluntary positions, including Chairman of Inveresk Community Council,...

Hamish Grossart

Board Member

Hamish owns and runs Pitlour in Fife, a mixed farming, woodland, and sporting estate managed with particular emphasis on restoration - and sustainable conservation of - historic buildings and landscape, and on wildlife friendly farming and forestry practices. Hamish was educated at Glasgow Academy and University of Stirling, where he is a...

Sandy Lewis

Board Member

A Chartered Accountant with a BA in Business & Administration from Strathclyde University, Sandy joined Seafield & Strathspey Estates in 1977 as Estate Accountant and from 1996 to 2015 he held the Chief Executive position and continues to be involved as a Consultant with the estates. Sandy also represents the estates on a number of...