LINK Representation

LINK fields delegates to a range of stakeholder and steering groups and is usually represented via members of the appropriate groups.

Food and Farming

Scottish Government Stakeholder groups:
Agricultural and Rural development Stakeholder Group (formerly CAP)
: Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland, Vicki Swales, RSPB.
Farming and Food Production Future Policy Group: Deborah Long, LINK
National Programme Assessment Committee (Agri-Environment Climate scheme) John Thomson, SCNP, Vicki Swales RSPB.
Joint Programme Monitoring Committee: Vicki Swales, RSPB
Rural Development Operational Committee: Vicki Swales, RSPB
Monitoring and Evaluation Steering Group (sub-group of RDOC): Vicki Swales, RSPB
Climate Change and Agriculture Strategy Group: Jim Densham, RSPB
NFUS Farmed Environment Forum: Pete Ritchie, Nourish Scotland

Find out more about LINK’s Food and Farming subgroup


Clyde Marine Planning Partnership: Calum Duncan (MCS)
Marine Monitoring Network Project Steering Group: Sarah Dolman (WDC), Charles Nathan (RSPB)
Marine Protected Areas Sustainability Appraisal Project Advisory Group: Calum Duncan (MCS)
Marine Strategic Studies Forum: Sarah Dolman (WDC)
Marine Strategy Forum Lloyd Austin (RSPB),  Calum Duncan MCS (alternate)
Offshore Renewable Energy – Project Advisory Group: Sarah Dolman (WDC), Charles Nathan (RSPB)
DECC SEA Steering Group: Richard Luxmoore (NTS)/Sarah Dolman (WDC)
Scottish Coastal Forum: Calum Duncan (MCS)
Scottish Bathing Waters Review Panel: Calum Duncan (MCS)
Scottish Clean and Safe Seas Co-ordination Group:
Scottish Clean and Safe Seas Evidence Group:
Scottish Government Sectoral Plan for Offshore Wind: Charles Nathan (RSPB),
Marine Scotland UK Fisheries Improvements Projects: TBC
Scottish Marine Renewables Research Group: Sarah Dolman, (WDC)
Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group – Fisheries: Calum Duncan (MCS)/Sarah Dolman (WDC), WWF & RSPB attend.
Scottish Parliament Cross Party GroupMarine Tourism and Recreational Boating: TBC
Wave and Tidal Energy Sector Plan, Habitats Regulations Appraisal Steering Group: Sarah Dolman (WDC), Charles Nathan (RSPB)
Ministry of Defence Advisory Forum: Sarah Dolman (WDC) (watching brief only)
Scottish Government Inshore Fisheries Management and Conservation Group (IFMAC)
:  Calum Duncan (MCS)
Marine Scotland – Renewables Sectoral Engagement Strategy: Sarah Dolman, (WDC), Charles Nathan (RSPB Scotland)
The Crown Estate – offshore renewables: Sarah Dolman, (WDC), Charles Nathan (RSPB Scotland)
Marine Protected Area Monitoring and Management Plans (MarPAMM) project advisory group – Esther Brooker
COMPASS advisory group – Sarah Dolman (WDC)
Project UK Fisheries Improvement Projects steering group (Nephrops) – Richard Luxmoore (NTS)
Project UK Fisheries Improvement Project steering group (scallops) – Calum Duncan (MCS)
Scot Parliament CPG (recreational boating and marine tourism) – Esther Brooker (LINK), Sarah Dolman (WDC)

Find out more about LINK’s Marine group


Wild Salmon Interactions working group: Sam Collin, SWT
Farmed Fish Health Framework – Licensing Working Group: Sam Collin, SWT
SEPA National Aquaculture Stakeholder advisory panel: Dawn Purchase, MCS

Find out more about LINK’s Aquaculture subgroup


Scottish Forum for Planning – Aedan Smith, RSPB
DPEA Stakeholder forum – Clare Symonds, Planning Democracy

Find out more about LINK’s planning group

Cross Cutting Forums

ScotRail Stakeholder Advisory Panel, Mike Robinson, LINK Honorary Fellow
NHS Lothians Greenspace and Health Advisory Group: Kathy Wormald Froglife, Kirsty Cathrine NTS


Climate Change Bill Technical discussion group: Dilraj Sokhi Watson, LINK Advocacy Officer
Climate Change Plan Monitoring Framework: Dilraj Sokhi Watson, LINK Advocacy Officer


Association of Deer Management Advisory Groups: Duncan Orr-Ewing RSPB
Deer Management Round Table, Duncan Orr-Ewing, RSPB

Find out more about LINK’s Deer subgroup.


Scottish Forum on Natural Capital: Economics Group fields rep as appropriate
Scottish Government Roundtable to review the National Performance Framework: Vhairi Tollan, LINK
SEPA International Innovation Panel – Matthew Crighton (FoES)

Find out more about LINK’s Economics Group


SBS Non-Native Species Action Group – Paul Walton RSPB Scotland, Craig Macadam Buglife
SBS Habitats and Species Group – Paul Walton RSPB Scotland, Craig Macadam Buglife
ELUK Brexit Nature Coalition –  Vhairi Tollan, LINK
SBS Co-ordination Group – Paul Walton RSPB Scotland

Find out more about LINK’s Wildlife subgroup


Forestry Commission Customer Reps Group: Jill Aitken, WTS, Sian Williams. RSPB
Scottish Tree Health Advisory Group: Matt Elliot WTS, Sian Williams, RSPB (sharing representation)
Implementation and Monitoring Framework from the Forestry Strategy 2019-29: Charles Dundas, Woodland Trust Scotland

Find out more about LINK’s Woodland subgroup

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