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Scottish Land & Estates bolsters HQ team with two new appointments as organisation gears up for changes in how business and land managed in rural Scotland

By Hector MacKenzie

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Hannah Lloyd
Hannah Lloyd

Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed two new members of staff to augment its headquarters team.

Sarah Madden has joined SLE as a policy adviser (rural communities) and Hannah Lloyd joins as the organisation’s business development manager.

|SLE works to have the true value and contribution of rural land-based businesses recognised and valued both publicly and politically through championing and supporting rural businesses that provide economic, social and environmental benefit to the countryside.

Sarah previously worked for parliamentarians in both the Scottish and Westminster parliaments, most recently working for Hannah Bardell MP as a caseworker and managing a variety of projects on issues including planning and employee rights.

Sarah Madden
Sarah Madden

In her new role, Sarah will advise members on land reform, planning and community engagement and has already started to meet SLE members and provide representation on various stakeholder groups.

Hannah joins Scottish Land & Estates having worked for surveying and architecture company GLM as their marketing manager and associate director. In her previous role, Hannah mentored the technical team to aid business development and marketing. Alongside her role at GLM, Hannah has actively sought ways to support the wider business community through roles as a director with Highland Business Women and a long-standing involvement with Women in Property.

Prior to this, Hannah studied for a degree in business management and real estate and worked for a short time in the property management space. In her new role, Hannah will work alongside head of business Tony Stevenson to increase the benefits of SLE membership and support members in their business aims.

Sarah-Jane Laing, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We’re really pleased to welcome Sarah and Hannah to the SLE team. Businesses across rural Scotland have been experiencing a period of significant challenge and for an organisation such as ours, we need to be adept at quickly supporting the needs of our members as change occurs. Both Sarah and Hannah will play a huge role in representing the voices of rural communities and businesses and we wish them well as they begin their roles.”

Sarah Madden said: “The forthcoming decade is likely to herald the biggest change for how business and land is managed in rural Scotland for generations and it is important that the views of communities are represented to policymakers and politicians. SLE represents such a wide variety of fantastic businesses and organisations who are playing a crucial role in providing affordable homes, tackling the climate emergency and providing local jobs and I’m excited to be engage with them and then play a part in helping their progress.”

Hannah Lloyd said: “I have worked alongside SLE’s business and policy team throughout my time in my previous job and I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the team and use my experience to support the organisation’s mission of helping rural Scotland thrive. Our rural sector has some of the most innovative, passionate leaders and employees in Scotland – we are committed to doing what we can to aid their success.”

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