The Crofting Commission has today, Thursday 1st of September 2022, welcomed the appointment of two new Commissioners by the Scottish Ministers.
Andrew Thin and Duncan Macaulay will take up their positions immediately as Commissioners. The news has been welcomed by both the Chair of the Crofting Commission, Malcolm Mathieson and the Chief Executive, Bill Barron.
Speaking today Malcolm Mathieson said:
“I’m delighted to welcome two new Commissioners to the board of the Crofting Commission, both of whom bring exceptional experience and knowledge to the role. There is no doubt that we are living and working in difficult times, but I am confident that as a refreshed Commission we have the skills and knowledge to effectively regulate and support Crofting into the future.”
Adding to Malcolm’s comments Bill Barron said:
“I am greatly looking forward to working with both Andrew and Duncan in their new roles as Commissioners. The Crofting Commission is undergoing a real transformation in 2022, which I hope will put us on an excellent footing to support Crofting and develop its potential for our remote rural communities.
Andrew Thin added:
“Crofting tenure has been a vital strand running through the economic and social fabric of the Highlands and Islands since the late 19th century. In the face of rapid land use change and huge pressures in the land market, it remains a strong force for stability and prosperity. I look forward to helping ensure that we continue to have a Crofting Commission fit for purpose in 21st century circumstances”.
Duncan Macaulay also added:
“Coming from a crofting family I am delighted be able to contribute to crofting with the Commission; In particular to help address the challenge of enabling existing and new crofters to make a reasonable living, whilst supporting rural communities and addressing wider concerns on land stewardship.”
Both of the newly appointed Commissioners will serve a three-year term on the board of the Crofting Commission.