New Chair of SNH announced

snh_logoScottish Government press release:

Chair Appointed To The Board Of Scottish Natural Heritage

The Minister for Environment and Climate Change Paul Wheelhouse today announced the appointment of Ian Ross as Chair to the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Welcoming the appointment, Mr Wheelhouse said:

“I am delighted that Ian Ross has accepted this appointment. His extensive experience will help SNH to continue to play a key role in delivering the Scottish Government’s commitment to conserve and enhance our environment and biodiversity strategy. SNH have a vital role to ensure our natural resources continue to support the sustainable growth of our economy, and can contribute to further improving the health and wellbeing of communities across Scotland.

“Ian’s time as a board member of SNH since April 2013 will also provide continuity for the Board in taking forward its business. I very much look forward to working with Ian and wish him every success in his new role.

“I would also like to thank Andrew Thin for his very much valued contribution, as he comes to the end of his term as SNH’s Chair.  He has successfully led a process of significant transformation within the organisation over the past seven and a half years amidst a challenging time for public sector finances and he is widely respected by stakeholders. I am delighted that Andrew will continue to make a very important contribution to public service in Scotland, including his role in chairing the upcoming review of wild fisheries management.”

Mr W J (Ian) Ross OBE, FICFor, FRSA was a Highland Councillor for 13 years and is a past chair of the Highland Council’s Planning, Environment and Development Committee. He led on a number of significant strategic developments, including the Council’s Highland-wide Local Development Plan and the Onshore Wind Farm Strategy. He has been active on sustainability and community engagement issues within both the Highland Council and Scottish forestry. Ian will bring a commitment to the natural environment and over 30 years of experience of working within the wider Scottish land use sector – he has extensive experience of working with public sector bodies in best value reviews and the development of improved governance processes. Ian is a graduate in Forestry from AberdeenUniversity.

Scottish Natural Heritage is a non-departmental public body (NDPB). The organisation is funded by the Government and Board Members are appointed by Scottish Ministers. SNH is the Government’s advisor on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland. SNH’s role is to help secure the sustainable management of Scotland’s natural heritage for the benefit of all.

This appointment will run from 1 March 2014 to 31 March 2017.

This appointment is part-time and attracts a remuneration of £325.22 per day for a time commitment of 144 days per annum.

Ian is a member of the Scottish Police Authority Board, for which he receives remuneration of £300 per day for a current time commitment of ten days per month (reducing to five days per month from 1 April 2014).

Ian is the Chair of Forestry Commission Scotland’s National Forest Land Scheme Evaluation Panel, for which he receives remuneration of £220 per day for a time commitment of less than one day per month . He is also Director of Voluntary Groups East Sutherland (Conservation Volunteers Scotland) and Highland Third Sector Interface, and Independent Director of Highlife Highland. These positions are not remunerated.

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Ian held the office of Liberal Democrat Councillor on Highland Council from 2007 to 2012. He canvassed on behalf of Liberal Democrats at the 2010 UK General  election and was Chair of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Liberal Democrat Executive committee from November 2012 until February 2014.

3 Responses to “New Chair of SNH announced”

  1. 1 Ernie O'Malley
    February 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What does this appointment mean for the future of upland management?

  2. 2 David Gowans.
    February 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Lets get rid of these woo;y maggots that have for years caused so much hardship for so many as well as the habitat and landscape, Red deer are not the only heavy grazers that have to carry the blame.

  3. 3 Circus maxima
    February 12, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Goodbye Andrew Thin…the man who has done most to undermine nature conservation over the past 60 years. Even this new man shows a modicum of interest in the natural heritage it will be years before we can get back to where we were 20 years ago.

    Never heard of this new chap…so not a stand out…hope he steps up to the mark.

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