Our Board

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. 


Mark Tennant


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 (Policy)

Dee owns and runs Rottal Estate in the Angus Glens. Rottal is accredited by Wildlife Estates Scotland (WES) and is a mixed upland estate with the focus very much on wildlife and biodiversity balanced alongside a traditional sporting estate. The estate activities include sheep farming, holiday lets, grouse shooting, deer stalking, a hydro...

Andrew Douglas Miller

Vice-Chair (Operations)

Andrew has over 25 years business management experience principally in the retail industry. Having completed a retail graduate course in America, he returned as a menswear buyer for Jenners department store in Edinburgh. He spent the following 18 years maintaining its reputation as a leading UK retail establishment, occupying several...

Sarah-Jane Laing

Director and Chief Executive

Sarah-Jane was appointed as Chief Executive of Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) in December 2019, the first woman to hold this role in the organisation’s 110 year history. Sarah-Jane, who lives on the family farm in Hume in the Scottish Borders, has steadily climbed the ranks at the rural business organisation over the past fifteen years...

Lucy Laidlaw


After graduating from Aberdeen University in 2006, Lucy spent her early career at one of the UK’s leading public relations consultancies working with high profile brands including O2, AirFrance, KLM, Famous Grouse and The Scottish Government. Lucy developed a passion for marketing and communications, implementing highly targeted national...

Derek Lewis


Derek has owned and run the Drimnin Estate, on the western tip of the Morvern peninsula, just north of the Isle of Mull, since 2002. The estate has played a key role in the regeneration of the Drimnin community, with a continuous programme of restoring its buildings, constructing new affordable houses, restoring the natural environment...

Evelyn Channing


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...

Hamish Grossart


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...