National Trust for Scotland announces senior appointments

By Saxton Bampfylde

National Trust for Scotland announces senior appointments

National Trust for Scotland has announced the appointments of Stuart Brooks as  Head of Natural Heritage Conservation (Policy) and Dominic Driver as the Head of Natural Heritage.

Stuart Brooks, who is well known to many as Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust since 2009, takes on the very important responsibility of providing technical leadership and oversight to ensure that standards and best practice are applied across the Trust in relation to natural heritage. He will also take charge of obtaining external accreditation and advice, performance benchmarking and ensuring statutory compliance, as well as developing and maintaining Trust-wide conservation and management policies.

Stuart was previously the Director of Conservation with the Scottish Wildlife Trust before moving to the JMT. He is currently Chair of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN) UK National Committe.

Dominic Driver joins the Trust as the Head of Natural Heritage, with overall operational responsibility for the Trust’s countryside and island properties nationally. 

A graduate in Zoology from Oxford, as well as having a MSc in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh, Dominic’s career has taken him from the Woodland Trust to the Forestry Commission, including a stint as a Social Policy Advisor in Edinburgh, before becoming the Head of Policy and Strategy for the Forestry Commission in England.  Latterly he has been heading up part of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) transformation programme, based in London and Bristol.

Patrick Duffy, the National Trust for Scotland’s Chief Operating Officer said:

“We are delighted to be bringing such a wealth of talent and experience into the National Trust for Scotland.

“Together, these new appointees create the talent pool we need if we are to take forward the Trust and ensure we meet the ambitious objectives we have set.  We aim to increase our visitor numbers significantly over the next few years, at the same time as investing and generating new investment that will allow us to fund major conservation and infrastructure improvements in the iconic properties we care for.

“This is a major step-change for the Trust and it is wonderful that people with such amazing backgrounds share our vision and enthusiasm.”

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