Who We Are

Community Land Scotland is made up of its members which staff and Directors (below) work to represent.

David Cameron – Chair

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.

Development Manager, Linsay Chalmers

As Development Manager, Linsay’s role is to promote and FullSizeRenderencourage 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. She is a Board Member of Social Enterprise Scotland.

Policy Director, Peter Peacock

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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 Williams

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.

Ian A Hepburn

Ian trained as an accountant and has worked as a project manager in a variety of industries from Heavy Engineering to Logistics. He fulfilled a long held ambition of moving to Mull in Ian H2006 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.

Margaret Nicolson

Recently retired primary school teacher with 38 years’ experience, 30 of those as head teacher. Fluent and literate in Gàidhlig: an active member of Fèis Thròndairnis and Mòd an Eilein Sgitheanaich. Professionally, has had extensive experience of embracing and implementing change maireadeffectively over the years, in her position of management and leadership. Brought up on Benbecula and continues to live in a crofting township on Skye. Readily embraces crofting township ethos. Founding member of Urras Baile Fhlòdaigearraidh since it inception in 2009, and currently chairperson. Since the establishment of Urras Baile Fhlòdaigearraidh, has been actively involved in fostering community interest in developing opportunities for our township communities. Would aim as a director of Community Land Scotland to promote and foster the vision of communities reaping the benefits of community land ownership, and help to empower people to develop their own areas and improving prospects and sustainability for future generations.

Agnes Rennie

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 AgnesOighreachd 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.

Jim Hunter

Jim Hunter is Emeritus Professor of History at the UniJim03versity 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.