National Council of Rural Advisers minutes: March 2018

Minutes of the meeting of the National Council of Rural Advisers, held on 21 March 2018.

Attendees and apologies


  • Alison Milne
  • Jackie Brierton
  • Sarah Allison
  • John Kinnaird
  • David Sulman
  • Lynn Mann
  • Sarah Simpson
  • Jim McLaren
  • Henry Graham
  • Donald MacLean
  • Kate Hooper

Scottish Government

  • Pamela Berry
  • Amanda Fox
  • Catriona Maclean
  • Eva Kleinert


  • Stephen White – Regional Economic Partnerships


  • Lorne Crerar
  • Willie Cameron
  • Alan Laidlaw
  • Marion MacCormack
  • Archie Gibson

Items and actions


9:30 – 10:00 Arrival for tea & coffee
10:00 – 10:05 Welcome
10:05 – 10:15 Update from Lorne
10:15 – 10:40 Presentation from Stephen White on Regional Economic Partnerships
10:40 – 11:00 Update from Alison on the regional workshops
11:00 – 13:00 Discussion document – drafting of recommendations, structure and shape of report
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Discussion document launch – when, where, event?
14:00 – 15:00 Discussion document communication – communication package for the report and dissemination
15:00 – 15:40 Consultation and final report – engagement with stakeholders, timelines
15:40 – 15:50 Summary
15:50 – 16:00 AOB
16:00 Close

Action Point Log

No Topic Action Lead Deadline / Update
1 Rural Economy Stephen White presentation slides to be circulated NCRA secretariat to circulate Completed (attached)
2 Rural Economy Stephen White and RECD to have a follow up discussion NCRA secretariat ASAP
3 Regional Workshops Membership organisation workshops to be re-scheduled Alison Milne/RECD ASAP
4 Rural Youth Survey Scottish Government to explore how NCRA can work with Rural Youth. RECD/Alison Milne Ongoing
5 Next meeting presentation To invite Sarah Skerratt from SCRU to present to the NCRA at the April meeting. NCRA secretariat Complete
6 Research To explore the process of a parliamentary event. NCRA secretariat By the April meeting
7 Consultation Agricultural Champions want NCRA to see a draft of the Agricultural Champions Report to ensure both the NCRA and AG reports work together. Archie Gibson/Henry Graham/John Kinnaird/Marion MacCormick Before publication in May
8 Communication Meeting to be organised between the NCRA co-chairs and Mr. Ewing NCRA secretariat Complete (Meeting-Wednesday 28th March)
9 Communication Key dates for events and publications to be collated and shared NCRA secretariat By Mid April
10 Communication Draft Stakeholder engagement and communication plans to be completed. Alison Milne/Marion MacCormick/Kate Hooper Mid April
11 Subsequent Meetings Doodle Poll to be circulated and May to September monthly meetings to be scheduled. NCRA secretariat By the April meeting



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