On 1 November, Marina Dennis joins the Crofting Commission to represent the East Highlands constituency. Marina’s appointment will run until March 2017 and follows the recent resignation of Donnie Ross.
Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse has welcomed the appointment of Ms Dennis, who brings a wealth of experience with her to the Commission. These sentiments are echoed by Convener Susan Walker. “Marina’s experience as an Assessor over many years, her involvement with crofting bodies such as the SCF and her knowledge of the organisation from her previous role with the Crofters Commission will be of great value over the coming years.”
Marina has been involved in crofting all her life, living on and working the family croft in Strathspey, serving as an Assessor for over 30 years, a Director of the SCF and also representing crofting interests on the north Board of SEPA and on the board of Governors of the MacAulay Land Use Institute. From 1996 to 2005, she was a Board member of the Crofters Commission and from 2005 until 2012 was on the Appeals Panel on EU Subsidies for the Department of Agriculture.
Speaking from the croft in Inchdryne, Marina said, “I’m excited to be joining the Commission at this time of challenge and opportunity. This is still a new body and I hope I can play a valuable part in its development, working with fellow Commissioners to help secure a long term future for crofting.”
Marina participated in the election to the Crofting Commission in 2012, recording a close second place to Mr Ross.