Colin is the National Policy lead on woodland biodiversity and environment for Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS), the Scottish Government’s forestry adviser and regulator. After studying forestry at Inverness Colin joined The Forestry Commission in 1986 working on forest operations before transferring to Forest Research to work on a range of operational topics, during which time he gained a degree and then a Masters in Research from Edinburgh University.
Colin’s current role entails providing advice and guidance on forest management and silvicultural issues in relation to forest habitats, species and wider ecosystems, including working with policy colleagues across Scottish Government and within wider forestry sector to identify and address policy needs, provide advice to promote good practice and respond to requests for information regarding forest management for habitats, species and ecosystems.
He leads on the development and improvement of policy guidance to protect species and habitats associated with the management of existing woodlands, and with those potentially affected by new woodland expansion. Colin is co-chair of the Raptors and Forestry Working Group and on the Executive Board for the South of Scotland Golden Eagle Project.
Outwith work he is a member of the Butterfly Conservation Scotland, East Scotland committee, promoting and organising butterfly monitoring and moth recording events in Fife and the wider Scottish countryside.