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Scottish Borders Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells


RSA Fellows’ MCICH Network event with Scottish Borders Council and Tweed Forum

Event title: Scottish Borders Pilot - Regional Land Use Framework

Delegates are formally requested to read all the footnotes carefully before registering, and to note this event relates to the Land Use Pilot Project and in no way to issues of Land Reform.

Venue: Scottish Borders Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells

Date and Time: 4 November 2013, starting at 1800 in the Council Chamber

(Coffee and biscuits over registration & networking from 1730 also in Council Chamber)

The event will open with presentations by:

- Dr Derek Robeson MCIEEM CEnv, Senior Project Officer, Integrated Land & Water Management, Tweed Forum

- Dr Andy Tharme, Ecology Officer, Built and Natural Heritage / Planning and Regulatory Services, Environment and Infrastructure, SBC

For the subsequent Q&A Session the Panel will comprise Dr Bob McIntosh CBE, Director Environment and Forestry, Scottish Government, Professor Chris Spray MBE (Scientific Adviser to the Borders Land Use StrategyPilot Project), Andrew Midgley (Scottish Land and Estates) and Mr Bob Kay (Tweed Forum Board).

The event will cover the Pilot Project work to date, the forthcoming detailed stakeholder consultations and the timetable of activities including the formal periods of Public Consultation relating to the project in entirety. The Land Use Strategy 2013 Annual Progress Statement has been published and is at It includes information on the advances made in the delivery of the actions in the Action Plan, as well as details of the two regional land use framework pilots. A set of indicators has also been published in the Progress Statement which will monitor progress in the delivery of the Strategy’s Objectives.

Dr Derek Robeson joined Tweed Forum to help facilitate two main evolving policy areas - the Land Use Strategy (LUS) and Natural Flood Management techniques (NFM). A native Borderer, Derek has a background in Geology having gained a Ph.D at Trinity College Dublin. He has over 20 years experience of working with Borders farmers to deliver practical conservation projects on the ground, and spent fifteen years as a Senior Conservation Adviser with Borders FWAG. This was followed by four years as a Conservation Consultant with SAC Consulting.

Dr Andy Tharme is currently project manager for the Scottish Borders Land Use pilot. He has been Ecology Officer at Scottish Borders Council since 2002, providing advice to statutory planning process and co-ordinating the Scottish Borders LBAP. He is author of SPG for biodiversity, co-author of Scottish Borders Woodland Strategy and SPG for wind energy. He previously worked at RSPB between 2002-1994 on red kite reintroduction, Corncrake BAP & Corncrake recovery strategy, research on grouse moor management and ground-nesting birds, lowland wader, farmland birds and red-throated divers surveys. Earlier contract work includes the Joint Raptor Study Langholm, Countryside Council for Wales, Nature Conservancy Council and Durham University. He is currently acting as Association of Local Government Ecologists (ALGE) representative for Scotland. Andy graduated in 1985 with an Ecology degree from Leeds University, and PhD Ecological studies on the tick Dermacentor reticulatus in 1993 from University College of North Wales (Bangor).


MR BOB KAY, CHAIRMAN, TWEED FORUM: Bob Kay spent most of his working life managing estates, farms, forestry and commercial property in various parts of the UK but has lived in the Borders for the last thirty five years. One time President of the Borders Area of the NFUS and Convener of the NFUS Legal & Commercial Committee. A Regional Board member of SNH and a Director of Scottish Enterprise Borders. Chairman of Borders College & the Association of Scottish Colleges for many years. Ex Governor & Trustee of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. Currently a member of one of Heriot-Watt University Court Committees and a lay member of a Law Society of Scotland sub committee. He has chaired Tweed Forum for over a decade.

DR BOB McINTOSH CBE -DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENT & FORESTRY, FORESTRY COMMISSION SCOTLAND Dr Bob McIntosh is Environment and Forestry Director within the Scottish Government. His responsibilities include the natural environment, environmental and drinking water quality, forestry, and the purchase and provision of scientific research, and analytical services, relevant to rural and environmental issues. An Ecological Science graduate ofEdinburghUniversity, he joined the Forestry Commission in 1973 and held various positions in field management, research and policy development. From 1997 to 2003 he was Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise, a GB wide Agency charged with managing the Forestry Commission estate, and following the advent of Devolution, he became Director of Forestry Commission Scotland in 2003, and moved to his current role in February 2012.

ANDREW MIDGLEY is HEAD OF POLICY, SCOTTISH LAND AND ESTATES. After completing doctoral research that examined the cultural politics of nature conservation in contemporary Scotland he joined Scottish Natural Heritage to work on the delivery of the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy. He then moved to Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) where he helped establish the Rural Policy Centre. Today he works as part of a team to represent the interests of landowners in decision-making processes at the Scottish, UK and European levels. At the moment he spends most of his time working on land reform, CAP reform and agricultural holdings issues, but also covers a wider remit that includes the Land Use Strategy, biodiversity and conservation and crofting.

PROFESSOR CHRIS SPRAY MBE: Chris Spray holds the Chair of Water Science and Policy at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee. His research and teaching roles cover such topics as catchment management, river restoration and community participation in delivering multiple benefits from the wetland environment. Much of his work focusses on the Tweed and he provides scientific and technical advice to Scottish Borders Council for the Ecosystem Approach Land Use Pilot. Graduating from Cambridge University in geography and general natural sciences, he came to Scotland in 1974 to do a PhD in Zoology at Aberdeen University, staying on for ten years undertaking research in wetland ecology. From 1984 to 2004, he worked in various environmental positions in the water industry in East Anglia and then Northumbria, ending up as Environment Director for Northumbrian Water Group - in which role he became a member of Tweed Forum, and was its first chairman when Forum became a limited company. More recently, he was the Director of Environmental Science for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency from 2004-2009, during which time he was responsible for Scotland’s environmental monitoring and flood warning services nationally, as well as chairing the River Basin Management Planning group for the Scottish Borders. He has a life-long interest in swans - in the Borders and beyond. Chris is also a Trustee of Tweed Forum


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TWEED FORUM LIMITED is registered in Scotland as Tweed Forum Limited, Company No. SC191466 (Registered by Companies House, 37 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH21 2EB). Tweed Forum Ltd is a Scottish Registered Charity No SC030423. Address: Tweed Forum, South Court, Drygrange Steading, Melrose, TD6 9DJ. TEL: +44(0)1896 849723 FAX: +44(0)1896 849129

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