I joined the Trust in February 2007 and seek election because I believe in its vision and mission, and that I can contribute positively to its governance.
I’ve appreciated and walked in mountains and wild places at home and overseas for over 25 years, and for nearly 12 years their protection was a major part of my working life at Mountaineering Scotland. My business experience includes 25 years at board level in both the private sector and at Mountaineering Scotland as CEO and Company Secretary.
I offer proven experience in strategy development, finance, fundraising, organisational and business development, and I have an MBA and marketing degree. My experience in business development and membership recruitment may add value to the Trust, as sustainable membership growth is essential, providing income and evidence of a strong mandate for policy work.
As lead spokesperson for Mountaineering Scotland I enjoyed partnership working with a range of NGOs, including Trust staff involved in policy and communications, and influencing relationships and outcomes with the media, sporting and youth organisations, government agencies, local and planning authorities and occasionally, cabinet ministers and their advisers.
It is clear that wild land in Scotland is under unprecedented and continuing pressure and, following retirement from full time working in March 2018, I will continue to devote energy to its protection and appreciation. With more time available for the important things in life, I am looking forward to volunteering at Sandwood and on Ben Nevis, and was pleased to support the Trust’s recent peaceful presence at Holyrood.
My experience will inform my role as a Trustee, through which I would seek to support and positively influence the aims of the Trust, encourage staff and fellow volunteers, and enthuse others to share my passion for wild land. Thank you for reading my statement.
David Gordon, Chris Todd, Peter Willimott, Nick Kempe, David S Batty