Our Staff


In addition to demonstrating what makes our staff qualified for the important roles they playing in driving SLE forward, we also wanted to allow you the chance to learn a little more about the people behind the job titles.

Find out more about the experience and motivations of the team.

Sarah-Jane Laing

Executive Director

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,...

Joyce Karch

PA to Executive Director

Joyce joined the organisation in 2006, having previously been employed as a legal secretary. Joyce is PA to our Executive Director, and provides support to the Chair and Vice-Chair. If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why? I would be a lamb – because they are young! What do very few people know about you? I like to read....

Tony Stevenson

Head of Business

Tony has been involved with the organisation since 2010, initially as a contractor arranging logistics for some of SLE’s major events, before being appointed as Head of Business in 2018. Tony works alongside our Vice Chair Operations and Executive Director to increase new business, improve member services and increase business...

Marie Brown

Finance Assistant

Marie is a qualified bookkeeper (IAB) with 13 years of experience. Marie provides bookkeeping & accounts preparation for Scottish Land & Estates and looks after any member queries. If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why? A wildcat because I'm firery! What do very few people know about you? I sucked my finger until I was...

Katy Dickson

Head of Policy

Katy joined the team in 2014 as a Policy Officer and was promoted to Senior Policy Officer in 2016, before becoming Head of Policy in 2018. Katy spends the majority of her time working on housing policy and initiatives but also covers topics such as planning, crofting, rates and tourism. Katy comes from East Lothian and studied Geography...

Tim Baynes

Director, Scottish Moorland Group

Tim Baynes is Director of the Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group, primarily representing grouse moors. His role covers a range of related upland sporting and conservation issues and he coordinates an informal coalition of industry organisations. He was closely involved in the setting up of Wildlife Estates Scotland and represents...

Jason Rust

Legal Adviser

Jason Rust read Law at the University of Strathclyde, before completing the Diploma in Legal Practice at Glasgow Graduate School of Law. He trained, and subsequently worked, as a Solicitor with Turcan Connell and then Anderson Strathern in Edinburgh. He has advised on a range of aspects of rural law, acting for landowners, owner-occupiers...

Karen Ramoo

Policy Adviser (Access, Conservation & Wildlife Management)

Karen joined Scottish Land & Estates from Scottish Natural Heritage where she was involved in ensuring the positive management of areas designated for their habitats, species and geological interest. Prior to this, Karen worked on the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels Project where she developed landowner and volunteer engagement to protect...

Eleanor Kay

Policy Adviser (Agriculture)

Eleanor joined Scottish Land & Estates in September 2018 and her remit covers current funding and regulation, post-Brexit policy and support, delivery of public goods, Land Use Strategy, climate change, water quality, natural flood management and soil health. Eleanor was previously Knowledge Exchange Manager at Rothamsted Research where...

Gavin Mowat

Policy Adviser (Rural Communities)

Gavin joined Scottish Land & Estates having worked as a Parliamentary Officer for Christian Allard MSP in the rural constituency of North East Scotland. Gavin has a strong grounding in rural policy and issues affecting rural communities, in addition to a number of years of experience dealing with planning, transport, housing, digital...

Rebekah Strong

Environment Assistant

Following a degree in Zoology at Edinburgh University and an MSc in Marine Resource Development and Protection at Heriot-Watt University, Rebekah pursued a career in ecology and environmental science. Beginning as an ecological consultant working on small local developments in and around Edinburgh, Rebekah moved on to project manage an...

Emma Steel

Policy Assistant

Emma grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Stirlingshire and has a degree in Zoology and an MSc Environmental Science, both from Aberdeen University. Emma joined SLE from a visitor experience role at RSPB Loch Garten, where she engaged, educated and enthused members of the public about Scotland’s native species and habitats, namely...