A rural boost

Rural businesses and communities in North East and Central Scotland have received a boost as Regional Manager for landowner organisation Scottish Land & Estates, Scott Petrie, completed the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme.

Scott intends to use his new skills to highlight the important work of landowners and farmers in his region.

The Rural Leadership Programme is funded by Scottish Enterprise and has been running for seven years. It aims to develop the leadership skills of people in the Scottish rural economy and use their drive, commitment and enterprise to maximise Scotland’s farming, tourism and renewable energy opportunities.

Scott Petrie said: “I was delighted to be accepted to the programme and the experience has been extremely worthwhile. Learning how to engage effectively with politicians at the national, UK and European level was a particular highlight.

“It was a reminder of how important it is to represent the needs of the rural community in North East and Central Scotland, at a time when fundamental rural policies are being reviewed, to create better public policy for agriculture and rural affairs in Scotland.

“The course expanded my existing skill base and has ensured that I go forward with even more enthusiasm and confidence in my role, which covers a range of issues from land ownership, management of land, agriculture, forestry, tourism and rural housing, business diversification and rural development.”

The Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme is recognised for the high quality training of emerging rural talent.