New Vice-Chair for Land Reform Review Group
Scotland: National Rural Network
Ian Cooke has been appointed vice-chair of the Land Reform Review Group, following Professor James Hunter’s decision to step down for personal reasons. Mr Cooke is the Director of the Development Trusts Association Scotland and brings excellent knowledge and experience in community regeneration and development to the group.
The Land Reform Review Group, chaired by Dr Alison Elliot, is overseeing a wide ranging review of land reform in Scotland with the key aim of delivering a more successful Scotland with stronger communities and economic growth.
Dr Elliot said, “It’s been a privilege working with Jim on the Land Reform Review Group. He’s kept our eyes firmly on the challenges of land reform and reminded us continually of our heritage. He has brought a unique kind of insight to our task and we are grateful for the abiding contribution he has made to our investigations.
“We now look forward to carrying on our work with Ian, who has already made an impact as an adviser to the group and whose experience in community development in urban and rural contexts will enrich the scope of our review.”
Professor Hunter said, "Due to personal reasons, I regret I am having to stand back from the land review group but wish it well with its deliberations given the importance of the land reform agenda to Scotland. I was pleased to be able to contribute to its work to date.
“I very much welcome Ian’s appointment which will ensure the community sector’s voice is heard loud and clear in the context of providing the radical ideas the Scottish Government is looking to get from the Land Reform Review Group.”
Ian Cooke said, “I am delighted to be asked to join the Land Reform Review Group and to be able to build on my role to date as an Advisor. The review presents an exciting opportunity to build on previous land reform, and the work of the LRRG can potentially make a crucial contribution to a future, successful Scotland. I look forward to being part of the Land Reform Review Group and contributing to the challenge of getting land reform right.”