New Forestry Commissioner for Scotland appointed

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Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, today (7 August) welcomed the appointment of a new Forestry Commissioner for Scotland, Amanda Bryan.

Ms Bryan - the first woman to serve as a Forestry Commissioner for Scotland - is a rural development consultant in the Highlands and Islands and has a background in sustainable marine, rural and community development.

Mr Lochhead said:

“Ms Bryan has a keen practical and academic interest in forestry and in promoting the many benefits that woodlands and forests deliver to the people and communities of Scotland.

“She has many accomplishments to her name and has a wealth of experience to draw on and I have no doubt that with her considerable experience of community engagement, she will be a valuable contributor to the Board of Commissioners.”

Specialising in community consultation and engagement on projects that champion woodland and biodiversity management, forestry, tourism and recreation, Ms Bryan was a non-executive board member with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) for six years, and has served as Deputy Chair of SNH North Areas. She has also served as the Chair of the BBC Scottish Rural Affairs and Agriculture Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Highlands and Islands Forestry Forum and BBC's Audience Council for Scotland.

Ms Bryan said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed Forestry Commissioner for Scotland and I hope to be able to promote the role of communities in achieving multiple benefits from our forests and woodlands.

“Looking forward I feel forestry can play a significant role in helping our communities achieve resilience in the face of future economic challenges and the potential impacts of climate change."

Ms Bryan has been appointed for an initial term of three years from July 2012, and will also serve on the Forestry Commission's National Committee for Scotland.

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3) The appointment of Amanda Bryan as a Forestry Commissioner for Scotland is by Royal Warrant and so has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen. For further information visit

4) Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507

5) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.