Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed two new members of staff to augment its headquarters team.
Sarah Madden joined SLE as a policy advisor (Rural Communities) and Hannah Lloyd joined as Director of Business Development for the organization.
SLE works to recognize and value the real value and contribution of rural land-based businesses both publicly and politically by championing and supporting rural businesses that provide economic, social and environmental benefits to the countryside.
Previously Sarah has worked with Parliamentarians in both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, most recently with Hannah Bardell MP as a caseworker and managing a variety of projects on issues including planning and employee rights.
In her new role, Sarah will advise members on land reform, planning and community engagement and has already begun interviewing SLE members and providing representation in various stakeholder groups.
Hana joined Scottish Land & Estates after working for surveying and architecture firm GLM as Marketing Director and Co-Director. In her previous role, Hannah supervised the technical team to assist with business development and marketing. Besides her role at GLM, Hannah has actively sought ways to support the broader business community through her roles as a Director at Highland Business Women and long-term involvement with Women in Property.
Prior to that, Hana studied for a degree in Business and Real Estate and worked for a short period in property management. In her new role, Hannah will work alongside Chief Business Officer Tony Stevenson to increase the benefits of SLE membership and support members with their business goals.
Sarah Jane Ling, CEO of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We are really excited to welcome Sarah and Hannah to the SLE team. Businesses across rural Scotland have gone through a period of great challenge, and for an organization like ours we need to be proficient in supporting the needs of Our members are quick when change happens. Sarah and Hannah will both play a huge role in representing the voices of rural communities and businesses and we wish them all the best in starting their roles.”
Sarah Madden said: “The next decade is likely to herald the most significant change in how business and land are run in rural Scotland for generations, and it is important that the views of communities are represented before policy makers and politicians. SLE represents a diverse group of wonderful businesses and organizations that play an important role in Providing affordable homes, tackling the climate emergency and creating local jobs, I am excited to be partnering with them and then playing a role in helping them progress.”
Hannah Lloyd said: “I have worked alongside the business and policy team at SLE throughout my previous job and have been delighted with the opportunity to join the team and use my expertise to support the organization’s mission to help rural Scotland thrive. Our rural sector includes some of the most innovative leaders and staff and enthusiasm in Scotland – we are committed to doing what we can to help their success.”
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