New Scotland director for Rewilding Britain

Rewilding Britain has announced their second senior hire. 

David Balharry will join as Scotland Director on 2 November 2015. The environmental charity launched in July 2015 and campaigns to restore nature and reintroduce missing species. 

David joins from the Scottish Government, where he is currently a branch head in the agriculture and rural development division working on rural policy issues. 

David grew up in rural Scotland and his career includes two years in the private sector promoting sustainable management on sporting estates and over 20 years in the public sector. He has held roles in research, administration, policy development and regulation with Scottish Natural Heritage, the Deer Commission for Scotland, the Crofting Commission and the Scottish Government. 

David originally trained as a scientist at the University of Aberdeen and holds an honours degree in Zoology and a PhD in Ecology. 

Welcoming his appointment, Rewilding Britain’s UK Director, Helen Meech said: 

“We wanted to appoint someone with a real understanding of the unique issues and opportunities facing Scotland. David’s deep-rooted experience in rural policy-making and his passionate commitment to the Scottish countryside make him the perfect fit.” 

David Balharry, incoming Scotland Director, added: 

“I’m looking forward to joining Rewilding Britain and leading their approach in Scotland. Unlike many other parts of the UK, we still have areas free from industrialisation, urbanisation and intensive management. We’re in danger of allowing our natural assets to diminish if we don’t take action now. 

“The time is right for new thinking. Scotland is growing in confidence and looking for opportunities. Community empowerment and land reform are on the agenda. 

“I’m keen to hear people’s views on all sides of the debate and consult on how best to take this forward together.”

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