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New President for conservation charity
The National Trust for Scotland is delighted to announce that the Earl of Lindsay has agreed to become the conservation charity’s next President.
If endorsed by the Trust’s membership, Lord Lindsay would formally take up his new role at the Trust’s 2012 AGM to be held in Edinburgh on 22 September. He will succeed Richard, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry, who has been the President of the National Trust for Scotland since 2002.

Lord Lindsay is currently Chairman of SAC (Scottish Agricultural College), UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) and the British Polythene Pension Scheme. He is also a Non-Executive Director at Scottish Resources Group Ltd. (SRG) and BPI plc, an Associate Director of the National Non-Food Crops Centre and a Member of the Advisory Board of Business and a Sustainable Environment (BASE).

He has taken a long and active interest in rural Scotland, including fulfilling a number of senior roles in the Public, Private and NGO sectors. From 1995 -1997, he was the Scottish Minister with responsibility for agriculture, forestry, environmental protection, countryside, sustainable development and culture. Since then he has had a number of government appointments relating to his rural interests. He has served on the board of commercial companies and organisations including UA Group plc, Assured British Meat, Genesis Quality Assurance Ltd and Scottish Quality Salmon.

He is also a Vice President of RSPB and between 1998 and 2003 was Chairman of RSPB Scotland. He is Chairman of the Moorland Forum, President of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Vice President of the International Tree Foundation and the Royal Smithfield Club, and was a recent President of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Sir Kenneth Calman, Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland said:

“Jamie Lindsay has an unrivalled breadth of expertise in terms of Scotland’s environmental heritage. He combines commercial acumen with direct experience of policy-making and governance, and I have no doubt that he will be an ideal ambassador for the Trust as we move forward in delivering our new strategy.

“I’ve met Jamie on many occasions and can attest to his commitment to conservation and his sense of responsibility for the treasures entrusted to us from our nation’s shared heritage and culture.”