Trust chair and community land campaigner John Hutchison awarded MBE

The John Muir Trust is delighted to announce that its chairman, John Hutchison, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list

The John Muir Trust is delighted to announce that its chairman, John Hutchison, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list 2014 for services to the Environment and the Community in the Highlands and Islands.

John has been deeply involved in the environment and land reform movements in the Highlands and Islands for almost 20 years, particularly in Eigg and Knoydart. He’s currently a director of Community Land Scotland, and chairs the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust as well as Scottish Rural Action, which is the Scottish Rural Parliament Management Group working towards Scotland’s first Rural Parliament, which will take place in Oban in November.

He said: “I’m extremely happy to accept this acknowledgement of my contribution to land and community issues in Scotland. I’ve worked with organisations across the Highlands and Islands over many years, and it has been a great source of satisfaction to experience the burgeoning community self-confidence.”

“As well as bringing me into contact with all sorts of interesting and talented folk, including many at the John Muir Trust, it has brought into focus many of the issues around land management and ownership. I hope I’ll be involved in these issues for years to come, and I’m particularly excited to be helping the development of a new Rural Parliament for Scotland over the next few months.”

A Justice of the Peace for 28 years and an Honorary Sheriff, John is also the Chairman of Trustees of the West Highland Museum, and an executive director of Nevis Partnership. As Iain MacUisdein, he was Vice Convener of the Royal National Mod of Lochaber in 2007 and has been runner up in Gold Medal Final. A resident of Fort William, he’s a regular speaker at the Lochaber Burns Club.

John was the Divisional Road Engineer in Lochaber with Highland Regional Council for 21 years until 1995, and the Lochaber Area Manager for Highland Council for 12 years before retiring in 2007. His responsibility was across all council services, which included community development gaining a commendation from Audit Scotland for his work on community planning. In 2001, he was Highland Council’s ‘Community Council-nominated Employee of the Year’.