Rory Kennedy has been appointed as the new director for Scotland at the GWCT.

Mr Kennedy was formerly chair of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group (SCSTG) and a member of the Conservation Capital senior team, a global consultancy providing business-led conservation solutions.

A chartered accountant specialising in economic development and the rural sector, he is also a Scottish council member of BASC, the Scottish Tourism Alliance and former chair of the Scottish Association for Country Sports. As SCSTG chair, he was the primary force behind the Scottish government’s £1m Scottish Country Sports Tourism Restart Fund announced in February this year.

Teresa Dent CBE, chief executive officer at the GWCT, said: “Rory’s extensive experience across and knowledge of the rural sector fits really well with the GWCT and game and wildlife conservation in Scotland. We are in challenging but exciting times as we all tackle the climate change emergency and move towards net zero. I look forward to working closely with Rory as the trust moves forward.”

Mr Kennedy added: “Having long been involved in the sector, I have an immense regard for the vital work that the GWCT does. It is an exciting prospect to be working with the trust and to be part of the essential journey ahead in informing and guiding Scottish environmental land use practice and policy.”

Mr Kennedy started in his new post on Tuesday, 8th June.


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