New Chief Executive for the Crofting Commission

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Ms Catriona Maclean has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission.

Catriona is from a crofting family who still live in Tong on the Island of Lewis. Born in Glasgow her family returned to Lewis where she completed her secondary education at the Nicolson Institute.

As well as her family ties to crofting, Catriona previously worked with the Crofters Commission for over 14 years in various roles, including Head of Regulation.

Commenting from her home in Inverness, Catriona said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the Crofting Commission. It is 25 years since I first worked in the Crofters Commission and while both the organisation and I have evolved and progressed, crofting has remained a key element in my life.

“This is an exciting time for crofting and I am looking forward to working with everyone at the Commission and our partners, to ensure that the Crofting Commission is modern, relevant and makes a real difference to crofting and the people of Scotland.”

For Convener, Susan Walker this completes a year of transformation for the organisation. She said: “The Crofting Commission has experienced a lot of change over the last year, with a new name, a new Act, new Commissioners, new Convener, new Assessor panel and the retirement in November 2012 of Chief Executive, Nick Reiter.

“The appointment of Catriona MacLean as our Chief Executive completes the renewal and change process. In her current post within the Grampian and Highlands Criminal Justice Board, Catriona has demonstrated an ability to work innovatively and collaboratively on various projects to develop better, more efficient ways of team working.

“As we approach a new chapter in the life of the Commission, I wish to express our gratitude to David Balharry who, as Acting Chief Executive, has worked tirelessly and diligently during the last six months. Under his guidance, the Commission has made progress on a number of important and also challenging issues and he has shouldered his responsibilities over this period with good humour and dedication.”

Catriona hopes to take up her new position in mid-May.