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Your Asset Transfer Request will be assessed by an independent evaluation panel against the criteria set out in the below template and guidance.

Forestry and Land Scotland will consider this assessment when making its decision on the request.

Who is on the evaluation panel?

The evaluation panel is made up of six members, chosen for their expertise across the economic, environmental and social sectors. The panel members are public appointments, selected through an open and fair recruitment process.

Gemma Campbell

Gemma is the Land Rights and Responsibilities Manager with the Scottish Land Commission.

Pete Crane

Pete started out with a forestry degree, leading to work in forest management in Inverness. Turning a hobby into work, he retrained in outdoor learning, working with youth at risk in Edinburgh, then managing Lochore Meadows Country Park in Fife. This overlapped with terms on the Board of Scottish Canoe Association and Sustrans Scotland Advisory Board. Until retirement in 2022, he was Head of Visitor Services for Cairngorms National Park Authority. Pete now wants to share those experiences to support others caring for the Scottish countryside.

Patrick Hunter Blair Bt

Pat is an experienced land manager in both the public and private sector. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is a former Director of Policy and Standards for the Forest Service in Northern Ireland and a former Board member of SNH. He is the president of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and chairman of the South Scotland Regional Forestry Forum.

Courtney Hyde Peyton

A senior sustainability engagement professional with 20 years’ experience, Courtney specialises in strategic and technical responses to climate change and it impacts on built environment and infrastructure, planning and land use, enabling blue-chip companies, government bodies and NGOs. She has a strong track record in delivering sustainable assets which underpin client CSR targets, achieving commercial recognition, community buy-in and national visibility. She enjoys public speaking and engagement across sectoral lines, taking a systems based approach to sustainable change.

Anna Lawrence

Anna is a Chartered Forester, with 28 years of experience in social and community forestry, formerly in international development, followed by eight years as Head of Social and Economic Research at Forest Research. She is now Honorary Professor of Forestry at the University of the Highlands and Islands and at Wageningen University, an independent consultant (Director of Random Forest Research Ltd), and a Director of the Community Woodland Association.

Bill Slee

Bill is a rural development specialist with 40 years of experience in teaching, researching and consultancy relating to rural land use and the rural economy. He led the Countryside and Community Research Unit at the University of Gloucestershire and the Social Economics and Geographical Sciences Group at the James Hutton Institute before semi-retirement and active third sector involvement in community food growing, community woodlands and an area partnership in West Aberdeenshire.

Judith Webb MBE, Chair

Judith lectures part-time at UHI's Scottish School of Forestry and is a Cairngorms National Park Authority member. Judith brings experience from public, private and third sector bodies, she has been a Forestry Commissioner; Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee; board member National Forest Company and chaired advisory groups on Woodland Biodiversity, deer management, Tree Safety. Judith led international Conservation Volunteer projects and has worked with community regeneration projects in Scotland's Central Belt.