Community Land Scotland is made up of its members which staff and Directors (below) work to represent.
Ian A Hepburn – Chair
Ian trained as an accountant and has worked as a project manager in a variety of industries from Heavy Engineering Logistics. He fulfilled a long held ambition of moving to Mull in 2006 and was employed as Development Manager for North West Mull Community Woodland Company from September 2008 until April 2014. Ian is now a Director of NWMCWC Ltd and The Community Woodlands Association with a continuing keen interest in community ownership and Land Reform.
Development Manager, Linsay Chalmers
As Development Manager, Linsay’s role is to promote and encourage the take up of community land ownership across Scotland and support peer-to-peer learning and networking among community landowners. Linsay previously worked for Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network where she developed the Buy the Good Stuff social enterprise brand and ran Scotland’s first social enterprise festival. Prior to that, Linsay spent nine years working for the Community Resources Network Scotland supporting community reuse organisations across Scotland.
Policy Director, Peter Peacock
Peter acts as our Policy Director on a self-employed part time basis. He has extensive experience in the voluntary, private and publicsectors. He is a former Councillor, MSP and Government Minister of long standing, and he ran his own company, worked for a national voluntary organisation and has served on a range of public bodies.
Community Land Scotland Board of Directors
Angela is the Development Manager for the Knoydart Foundation. She moved to Knoydart from the North of England in 2001, two years after the community buyout. Since joining the Knoydart Foundation she has been involved with housing, hydro electricity, running a bunkhouse, establishing a ranger service and land management. Angela is also a Director of rural Housing Scotland.
David lives on the Isle of Harris and is involved in a variety of businesses on the island. A strong believer in the concept of community landownership where the people are in favour, theory was put into practice by his involvement in the community purchase of North Harris in 2003 and its subsequent development. This has led to an equally strong belief that land reform is essential in a 21st Century Scotland with a re-balancing of landownership leading to a fairer, more socially just nation with the consequence of reversing decline in many fragile areas. He has served as a director of Community Energy Scotland.
Agnes lives with her family in Galson on the croft originally allocated to her Grandfather after WW1. She has been on the board of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn since the estate was purchased by the community in 2007 and currently serves as chair. She has had a long involvement in community development both professionally and as a volunteer member of many local and national bodies. She served as Crofters Commissioner for ten years from 1992 and as councillor with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for a five year term. She is currently manager of the publishing company Acair.
Lincoln trained in Sales and Marketing working in a variety of industries from Ball & Roller Bearings to Pharmaceuticals, Clothing, Food and Wine and, for the last three decades, running his own businesses. Among many interests History features highly, leading to a realisation of just how important Land Ownership is in human development. Scotland is a very exciting place to be as Land Reform begins to quietly transform communities across the Country. Lincoln moved to Wanlockhead in 2006 became involved with the Local museum and later Lowther Heritage who work to preserve the history of the area and he currently Chairs Wanlockhead Community Trust.
Jim Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). He has written a number of books about the Highlands and Islands including “From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Tops” about community landownership in Scotland. He is a previous Chairman of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust and of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and was the first Director of the Scottish Crofters’ Union, which later became the Scottish Crofting Federation.
Mike Staples is Chief Executive of Dumfries and Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust, a rural housing body that provides support to community-led housing projects and aims to facilitate an increase in affordable housing supply in rural communities across the region. Mike has worked with the Trust for four years, having moved home with his family to rural Dumfriesshire. Previously he worked on the strategic planning and delivery of regeneration projects across the UK, both in the public and private sectors. Most recently he worked on the Transformational Regeneration Area programme of housing renewal across Glasgow. Mike lives in the village of Moniaive and has four sons between the ages of 16 and 2.