The Crofting Commission has announced today that Commissioner Malcolm Mathieson has been appointed Convener, after the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands invited Commissioners to select a new Convener.
The new appointment is due to the resignation of Rod MacKenzie from both the post of Convener and Commissioner from the East Highlands. This change in Convener will remain until the election of a new Board in 2022.
Malcolm stated that he was disappointed that Rod has resigned as Convener but that he would carry on the progress that Rod has achieved over the past four years.
“Like all organisations, the past 12 months have been difficult with very little access to Great Glen House and staff having to adjust to home working. This has brought about challenges to the Commission, but our staff have risen to that challenge and there are some exciting projects currently being undertaken which will continue to improve our operating performance over the next nine months,” said Commissioner Mathieson.
An accountant with extensive board experience across large multi-national organisations, Commissioner Mathieson is also a partner in Moy Farm, an 1800-acre hill farm near Fort William. In addition, he is the owner of Lochaber Lodges, a diversification project of Moy Farm.
Malcolm understands crofting issues and crofting communities due to his family ties to both Skye and North Uist. Prior to his appointment as Convener, he was Vice Chair of the Commission’s Audit and Finance Committee and understands the challenges currently facing the organisation.
Bill Barron, CEO of the Crofting Commission commented: “The management and staff of the Commission were disappointed that Rod decided to leave the post of Convener but are delighted that continuity has been achieved by Malcolm being appointed as his replacement. We look forward to working with Malcolm in driving forward the continuing progress of the Commission.”