I have BSc and PhD degrees in natural resource management, and wide experience of practical projects, natural heritage policy and public sector delivery. Much of this was gained from working for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the government agency responsible for biodiversity, landscape, and enjoyment and recreation based on the natural heritage.
My experience is mainly in rural policy, programmes and projects, with an emphasis on remote and peripheral areas. It has been gained through work at regional, Scottish, UK, and EU levels. Most of it has involved partnerships with economic and social actors, including the government enterprise agencies and local authorities.