Sally Thomas

As a chartered Town Planner Sally spent the early years of her career working as a policy planner in Scottish local government. In 1990 she joined the Civil Service and held a number of roles, mostly in environmental policy. During her time with the Scottish Government she led the implementation of the access rights legislation, worked with LINK member organisations and others to ensure delivery of Scotland’s Biodiversity Strategy, and Scotland’s response to international biodiversity obligations, and led the development of Scotland’s first Land Use Strategy. From 2017 to 2020 Sally was Director of People and Nature, and Chief Scientist at NatureScot and worked to ensure that nature lay at the heart of decision making, most crucially in support of Scotland’s response to the twin challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. Sally retired in late 2020. She is a trustee of the Andrew Raven Trust and of Plantlife International.

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