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Bryan lands key Crown role

Amanda Bryan has been unveiled as Shadow Chairing Member of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management).

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The announcement was made last week by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, who said: “We are delighted to have secured the services of Amanda Bryan as Shadow Chairing Member of the Crown Estate in Scotland. Amanda brings extensive experience in rural and community development and will be a real asset to the organisation during the interim management period. I look forward to working with her as we take responsibility for the Crown Estate in Scotland from April 2017.”

Ronnie Quinn, General Manager of the Crown Estate’s Scotland Portfolio, told Fish Farming Expert: “We look forward to working with Amanda over the coming months to deliver a smooth transfer of responsibilities to the new entity, and to ensure our customers and tenants in aquaculture, offshore renewables, agriculture and marine leisure continue to receive excellent customer service.”

Amanda Bryan. Image: Forestry Commission.

Amanda Bryan is an experienced chair, non-executive director and rural development practitioner, based near Beauly. Having grown up in Caithness, she has also lived in both Orkney and the Western Isles. She is a Chartered Forester with further qualifications in marine resource management and electrical and electronic engineering all of which are relevant to the work of the Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) body.

The shadow appointment will run from 1 December 2016 until the commencement date of the Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management) Order 2017 - with formal responsibilities beginning on 1 April 2017.

The Scotland Act 2016 introduced a new era for the management of Crown assets in Scotland. The Crown Estate in Scotland includes a diverse portfolio of property, rights and interests that influence many aspects of rural and coastal life in Scotland.

A key goal in setting up the new arrangements is to optimise the economic development role of the underlying assets under the management of Crown Estate Scotland (Interim Management). The Chair’s focus is to contribute to a smooth transfer and ensure that the interim body provides stability and continuity of service to those who rely on existing Crown Estate leases or services as the management responsibilities are devolved to Scotland, particularly during the time needed for establishing a permanent framework.