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Community Land Scotland

Our Staff

Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager

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.

Meg Taintor, Development Officer

Meg’s role for Community Land Scotland is to provide support for community groups across Scotland who either own or aspire to own land or assets. Meg also oversees Community Land Scotland’s training series for community owners, and organises and promotes an exciting programme of events all over Scotland. 

Norrie Maclennan, PR and Communications Coordinator

Norrie’s role is to help lead and develop Public Relation and Media Communications for Community Land Scotland.

Norrie previously worked as Senior News Editor for Gaelic News at BBC Scotland. This included responsibility for international current affairs documentary, Eorpa. Prior to joining the BBC Norrie worked as a freelance for multiple Press outlets.

Brought up on a busy Skye croft, Norrie has a lifelong interest in Land Management issues.

Luke Pyke-Terrett, Administrator

Luke’s role in Community Land Scotland is to provide internal support for members of staff and our board. He is involved in making sure that everything works as intended allowing those working with communities to do so with as little friction as possible.

Before joining us, Luke worked in education for close to a decade with the explicit goal of helping bring immigrants in Ireland, and later Scotland, out of informal labour by improving their English Language skills. Following this he was Head of the School of Humanities for an online school focused on providing education to students with severe mental health issue, and those suffering from crippling gender dysphoria.

He is deeply passionate about being involved in social change, in particular the pursuit of a more equal distribution of wealth, and means of wealth generation

Emma Margrett, Information Officer

Emma’s role is to provide additional administrative support to Community Land Scotland for a variety of projects. Emma is currently working on an education project aimed at raising awareness of community landownership in schools. Other projects have included supporting the Annual Conference, Community Land Week and research projects. Emma has written case studies – most recently, how community landowners tackled the pandemic and looking at the South of Scotland for a celebratory report. Emma has worked in the third sector in Scotland/internationally since 2001. She has first-hand experience of community landownership having worked and volunteered at Comrie Development Trust.