National Park Authority welcomes new board members

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Rural Affairs and Natural Environment Minister Mairi Gougeon has  announced the appointment of five new members to the board of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority.

The National Park Authority board is responsible for guiding strategic decision-making and has an important role to play in ensuring authority
delivers its key aims.

The appointments are as follows.

Claire Chapman: a specialist at dealing with environmental regulatory and compliance issues. She works for Scottish Water with responsibilities for the operation and maintenance of renewable assets, and dealing with contractors to ensure that turbines generate as they should. Claire is experienced at engaging with landowners, regulators and other stakeholders, and is a regular speaker at renewable events. She is also a director of the Scottish Canoe Association.

Sarah Drummond: Sarah co-founded service design specialists Snook, MyPolice, CycleHack, Dearest Scotland, Alloa Pride and The Matter. She has experience supporting organisations in the public, private and third sectors to deliver better services. Sarah has worked on tourism projects, research into digitising the planning process and running innovative events with partners like The Data Lab in Scotland. She also runs CycleHack, which supports multi-disciplinary teams in local areas to reduce barriers to

Ronnie Erskine: Ronnie brings a breadth of finance, audit and risk management experience to this role. This includes almost 20 years working in finance and corporate roles, within local government with responsibility for up to 200 staff and projects of up to £200m. Ronnie worked for three years in the Department for International Development, heading the finance profession and overseeing a budget of £6bn. Recently, he worked in the education sector in finance roles where he has designed and implemented a new system of risk management.

Dr Heather Reid: A science education consultant and former weather forecaster with the Met Office and BBC Scotland, she led the introduction of an outdoor activities weather forecast on television and regularly hillwalks and mountain bikes within the park. She brings experience in public science engagement and outreach, especially in environmental sciences. Heather chaired the Institute of Physics in Scotland, and was a trustee at Glasgow Science Centre for 10 years.

Professor Christopher Spray: A senior research fellow at University of Dundee, Christopher’s work and research focuses on water and wetlands, habitat restorations and natural flood risk management. Working with Tweed Forum and Scottish Borders Council, he developed the Framework for Delivery of the Scottish Governments Land Use Strategy pilot
in the Borders.

The appointments are for a minimum of four years and commence on November 1.

Convener of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park board James Stuart said: ‘We are delighted to welcome these five new members to the board. It’s an absolute privilege to contribute to the safekeeping of this special place, so I congratulate them all on their successful appointments.

‘Board members play a crucial role in helping to steer the strategic direction of the national park. With their varied and diverse areas of expertise, these new members will make a crucial contribution to our decision-making process.

‘I look forward to working with them over the next four years to continue making Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park a great place to live, work and visit.’