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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.

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.

Ian Hepburn

Ian trained as an accountant and has worked as a project manager in a variety of industries from Construction to Logistics. He fulfilled a long held ambition of moving to Mull in 2005 and was employed as Development Manager for North West Mull Community Woodland Company from 2008 until 2014. Ian is now a Director of NWMCWC Ltd and Community Land Scotland with a continuing keen interest in community ownership and Land Reform.

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.

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.

Cedric Wilkins

Since retiring as Scottish Forest Industries Cluster Director at Scottish Enterprise, Cedric has worked as a consultant to Scottish Enterprise and Forestry Commission Wales in support of the Forest Industries. Formerly Chair of the Forest Products Research Institute Advisory Board at Edinburgh Napier University, and Home-Start Perth, he currently chairs Glenfarg Renewable Energy Association and the Glenfarg Village Hall Committee. Cedric was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in recognition of his contribution to the Scottish Forest Industry.

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.

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.