A leading Beauly-based land management consultant has been appointed as the new vice-chairman of the Highlands Regional Committee of the Rural Business Organization, Scottish Land & Estates.
Rob Whitson, partner at Bell Ingram, is one of three new appointments to SLE’s regional network, with Mairi MacLeod Coleman becoming president of the Highlands region and in the central region of SLE, Antony Gifford, who runs his family estate, Kinnordy , was selected as the new president of the regional committee.
After enjoying a successful military career, Mr. Whitson completed his service as a Major in the Royal Dragoon Guards in 2006 before qualifying as a Commercial Surveyor. He has worked in rural land surveying since 2010 and now runs the Bell Ingram real estate advisory business in the north.
He said: “I am keenly aware of the various political and environmental issues facing those who manage land in the Highland region. Land-based businesses are crucial to our economy and communities and I look forward to providing help and advice to these businesses and supporting Mairi in her new role as president.
Mairi MacLeod Coleman holds the position with 15 years of experience in the banking industry, working in international strategy and human resources. She recently joined the family business, MacLeod Construction and Achnaba Estate and is based full time in Lochgilphead, Argyll.
She said: “I am really passionate about helping solve important issues in our rural areas, such as housing, skills and training opportunities. There are unique challenges for rural Scotland and the members of Scottish Land & Estates are already playing their part in helping to tackle them in a positive way. I look forward to working with businesses in the Highland region to further strengthen our contribution.
Mark Tennant, President of Scottish Land & Estates, said the new appointees would play a crucial role in ensuring that the views of TLS members are well represented.
“All three will bring energy and expertise to their posts,” he added.