Meet the team


Senior Management Team

Bill Barron, Chief Executive 

Responsible for the overall operations and management of the Crofting Commission, including financial controls.  Oversees the delivery of effective, consistent and transparent regulatory services.  Also ensures that Ministers, the Commission's Convener and Commissioners receive accurate information and objective advice, and that the Commission executes its statutory duties and powers fully and effectively.  Has a central role in building on external relations, co-operation and communications with key stakeholders and the wider public.


Donna Smith, Deputy CEO & Head of Operations

Leads on operational performance for the organisation with a focus on Corporate Planning, Performance Management, Corporate Development as well as overall responsibility for the IS strategy and HR functions.

Has direct management responsibility for the Regulatory, Corporate Services, Finance, Communications and IS Teams.


David Findlay, Solicitor 

Responsible for providing the Commission with expert legal advice and deals with litigation involving the Commission


John Toal,  Head of Policy

Supports the Board in formulating strategic policy on a range of external and internal issues in pursuit of their operating objectives.


Joseph Kerr, Head of Regulation

Responsibility for the overall management of the regulatory teams, which includes residency & land use and croft registration.


Jane Thomas, Head of Corporate and Customer Services

Responsible for customer services for internal and external stakeholders. Lead Officer for Equality & Diversity and training and Standards Officer.

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