Nature, the outdoors and wild places have always fascinated and inspired me. Since childhood I have enjoyed hillwalking, mountaineering and camping particularly in Scotland but also abroad. I joined the Trust in 2019 because I identify with and support its aims. Following the recent call for Trustees, I thought that my background might allow me to contribute as a Trustee.
I have over 20 years of experience as an in-house lawyer in the technology industry. This included working for mobile device, digital security and artificial intelligence companies latterly in Head of Legal and General Counsel positions. I worked for a range of companies at different stages in their corporate existence including private and public, start-ups and multinationals. Identifying and handling the legal issues that come up for organisations as they evolve was an essential skill. I have experience and expertise in negotiation. I believe that this expertise could add to the diversity of skills and experience within the Board.
I served as a Trustee and then Chairman of the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians between 2010 and 2019. The Tunnell Trust is a Scottish charity supporting musicians at the beginning of their careers.
I was brought up in the Scottish countryside and own agricultural and woodland in West Lothian. This has given me practical experience of land ownership, management, environmental improvement, agricultural leasing and land sales. I have planted over 1000 native species trees and restored and managed existing woodland, hedges, ponds and watercourses. After many years working in the south of England I am moving back to Scotland this year.
If I had the privilege to be elected, I would use my legal and land management experience to support the Trust’s goals of protecting and managing wild land in a forward-looking and business-like way.
Jane Smallman; Jim Gibson; Emily Henderson; Tom Bruce; Alan Dobie