If elected for a second term I will continue to work with colleagues to support and guide the Trust, and use my experience to help ensure that informed governance and objective judgement safeguards the Trust’s interests and reputation.
During my first term I felt that my experience, gained over 12 years as CEO at Mountaineering Scotland and 25 years working with board colleagues in industry and across different cultures, enabled me to contribute effectively as a Trustee.
My contribution included the Finance and Governance Committees, including many hours working with colleagues on the proposed new Articles of Association, and as Chair of Trustees from May 2020. If we met subsequently at the Trust’s first online AGM, I hope you came away with a positive impression.
Why volunteer as a Trustee? Following retirement in 2018 I was keen to devote my energy and experience to the protection of wild land. The mountains and wild land in Scotland and elsewhere changed the direction of my life and gave me so much – too much to summarise here – and I have no hesitation in committing my time to support the Trust’s policies, investment and the work of staff and volunteers which protect and repair the special places we all value.
Becoming a Trustee renewed my enthusiasm and strengthened my commitment. I have a strong understanding of the scope of the Trust’s operations and partnerships; the strength of its influence with governments and agencies; and of the management team, who respond positively to challenge and feedback. As Chair, and a member of the governance committee, I have valued the opinions of knowledgeable Members and the contribution of colleagues. I hope to continue this important work and that you will be kind enough to support my candidacy. Thank you for reading my statement.
John Fox-Davies, John L Finney, Duncan Macniven, Alan Dobie, Derek Johnston