Shire recruitment drive to find SNH board members

The River Ythan is a key feature of Ellon.
The River Ythan is a key feature of Ellon.

THE search is under way for new board members for Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

It is an opportunity that is both challenging and rewarding, according to one of its retiring members.

Dr Joan Mitchell, a farmer, moorland ecologist and former councillor, is one of two women on the eight-strong board.

Her term ends in March, along with another two members, and Ministers are currently recruiting replacements.

Reflecting on her experience, Dr Mitchell said: “For me, working with SNH has been both challenging and rewarding. It has drawn on both my academic background and previous experience, particularly in countryside management and rural development, and as chair of the council planning and environment committee. The organisation’s work impinges on economic development, tourism and recreation as well as environmental issues, land management and nature conservation.

“In providing strategic leadership across this varied remit, the Board must have a wide range of expertise, not just scientific.”

Commenting on the makeup of the Board she added: “Personally I think the board would benefit from a better gender balance.

“Experienced people from virtually any background can add value to the work of the Board.