My first involvement with the Trust was taking part in the Journey for the Wild, 13 years ago. This involved canoeing down the Tay from Pitlochry to Perth. As a young person this gave me an appreciation of how beautiful the area I lived in was, and a lasting love of nature with a desire to protect it.
Subsequently I got involved with my eco-schools committee and worked with local conservation organisations to engage young people in looking after the wild places around them. We took a work party of pupils onto local community owned land and a visit to Schiehallion. This project led to the establishment of the John Muir Award in Pitlochry High.
The Trust has called for young people and people living in the Scottish Highlands to stand this year, and I believe I could bring a lot of experience about engaging and enthusing young people to love our wild land and places.
I’m currently an Independent Councillor serving Highland Perthshire, which includes some of our most beautiful landscapes including Rannoch Moor, Schiehallion, and some of the Southern Cairngorms.
I’m currently the Convener of the Cairngorm National Park Authority Board and although I’m only 25, I have served on a number of Boards including: Perth College UHI; Perth & Kinross Integration Joint Board (Health & Social Care); and a number of local charities.
I’m a strong advocate of good governance and believe that Boards should focus on: ensuring strong financial stewardship; setting the strategy of the organization; and agreeing policies and plans in line with that.
The Trust should focus on its core objectives of managing some of our most important landscapes through land management, advocating strongly for the protection of wild land through its policy work and enthusing future generations about wild places through the Award.
John Hutchison, Nancy Dyer, Greig Honeyman, Tim Fison, Keith Miller