Crofting commissioner Malcolm Mathieson appointed as new convener

Malcolm Mathieson has been appointed as convener of the Crofting Commission.

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Lochaber’s Malcolm Mathieson has been appointed convener of the Crofting Commission following the resignation of Rod MacKenzie.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands Mairi Gougeon invited Commissioners to select a new convener after the East Highlands commissioner stepped down from both roles. This change will remain until the election of a new board in 2022.

Commissioner Mathieson said he was disappointed that Rod has resigned but said he would carry on the progress his predecessor had achieved over the past four years.

‘Like all organisations, the past 12 months have been difficult with very little access to Great Glen House and staff having to adjust to home working,’ he added.

‘This has brought about challenges to the commission, but our staff have risen to that challenge and there are some exciting projects currently being undertaken which will continue to improve our operating performance over the next nine months.’

An accountant with extensive board experience across large multi-national organisations, Commissioner Mathieson is also a partner in Moy Farm, an 1,800-acre hill farm near Fort William. In addition, he is the owner of Lochaber Lodges, a diversification project of Moy Farm.

Malcolm understands crofting issues and crofting communities due to his family ties to Skye and North Uist.

Prior to his appointment as convener, he was vice chairman of the commission’s audit and finance committee and understands the challenges currently facing the organisation.

Bill Barron, chief executive officer of the Crofting Commission, commented: ‘The management and staff of the commission were disappointed that Rod decided to leave the post of convener but are delighted continuity has been achieved by Malcolm being appointed as his replacement.

‘We look forward to working with Malcolm in driving forward the continuing progress of the commission.’