Meet our Supporters

Jim Bennett

I’ve been involved in leading and assisting with community buy outs and asset transfer since the mid-1990s. This has mostly been in former coalfields and urban areas ranging from Bannockburn to Dunblane and Lochgelly to Leith. I was the first to take the then Scottish Executive to court on behalf of a local community over… Read more »

Ailsa Clark

I am from and have worked in community development and economic development in rural communities for many years and supporting social enterprise in rural context for last 16 years. Community land ownership is so important for ensuring community benefit from our land assets which in turn contributes to the resilience and sustainability of our communities…. Read more »

Di Alexander

Di spent most of his adult lifetime helping small communities in the Highlands & Islands meet their affordable housing related community development needs. As such he was instrumental in setting up Lochaber Housing Association, of which he is still a Board member, and the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (now the Communities Housing Trust).   Although… Read more »

Donald MacKenzie

Donald MacKenzie, now resident in Glenfarg grew up on what was then the Great Glen Cattle Ranch in Lochaber. Latterly, his father ran Inverlochy Castle Farm. Donald is now retired from being Child Protection Officer for Dundee and devotes his time to photography, His photographs are not pretty pictures of the land but instead he… Read more »

Jonathan Sharp

I work at the University of Tübingen, Germany, as a lecturer. My specialist area is drama-in-education, although I have outside interests in Scottish history and culture, archaeology, and nature and environmental writing. I was born and raised in Glasgow, and studied at the University of St. Andrews, but I’ve lived in Austria and Germany since 1999…. Read more »

Camilla Toulmin

Camilla Toulmin DPhil, FRSE, is the former director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). She has worked for many years on land within West Africa farming systems, and has recently finished a longitudinal study of village life in central Mali, documenting environmental, economic, demographic and land use change in the sites where… Read more »

John Emmeus Davis

John Emmeus Davis is a city planner based in the United States. He is a founding partner of Burlington Associates in Community Development, a national consulting cooperative established in 1993. He previously served for ten years as director of housing for the City of Burlington, Vermont under Mayor Bernie Sanders and his successor, Mayor Peter… Read more »

Alan Short

Before retiring, Alan Short taught History and also Outdoor Education for many years in the Grampian area. He has spent a lot of time canoeing and walking through the Scottish landscape –always with an eye open to the evidence of its changing history. ‘Communities have always been at the heart of Scotland’s landscape but land… Read more »

Ian Ross

I am a forester by profession and for over 30 years lectured at the Scottish School of Forestry – initially full-time and then as a part-time visiting lecturer. My teaching inputs included Forest and Social Policy. I have held a number of other roles and offices including – Highland Councillor and also chairman of SNH…. Read more »

Jonathan Hedges

Jonathan Hedges lives and works on a croft in Rogart with his family. Jonathan supports Community Land Scotland because… “I support Community Land Scotland for the high standard of debate by the organisation and its members. Land reform is sometimes referred to as the politics of envy. In my opinion it is the politics of community,… Read more »