I work with Rachel, and other people we collaborate with, to deliver aspects of the RLUP project. So far, I have been involved with the NW2045 Natural Capital Research and activity linked to the Scottish Government consultations on the Land Reform and the Agriculture bills. I was also involved in the development of the NW2045 Vision document in 2021.
I was born in rural England, but Achiltibuie has been home to my family for most of my life. I studied biological sciences and my early career was spent working for a conservation charity, focusing on the intersection between conservation and rural communities in developing countries.
I have been living in Achiltibuie full-time since 2009; initially managing a small private estate, and then working freelance with various local community-conservation initiatives including the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscapes partnership and the NorthWest2045 group. It is a privilege to work with such committed, wise people, and bring together different perspectives. Environmental issues and rural depopulation are ever-close to my heart, raising children in a tiny rural community in a rapidly-changing world.