Public appointment: Member appointed to the Board of NatureScot

Public appointments news release

The Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy, Màiri McAllan MSP, today announced the appointment of Professor James Harrison as a Member of the Board of NatureScot.


Professor James Harrison is Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Edinburgh. His academic work focuses on the way in which law contributes to promoting a cleaner and healthier environment for all, and he has a particular interest in the role of national and international law in the protection of the marine environment. Alongside his academic work, Professor Harrison has worked with organisations, both in Scotland and internationally, to increase knowledge and understanding of environmental law and policy, and to improve its implementation in practice.


The appointment is for four years from 1 May 2024 until 30 April 2028.

The appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

The appointment attracts remuneration of £326.14 per day for a time commitment of 30 days per year.

Other Ministerial appointments

Professor Harrison does not hold any other public appointments.

Political activity

All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public.

Professor Harrison has had no political activity within the last five years.


NatureScot is an Executive Non Departmental Public Body which advises the Scottish Government on all aspects of nature and landscape across Scotland.  NatureScot’s role is to help secure the sustainable management of Scotland’s natural heritage for the benefit of all.  It delivers its purpose by providing advice to Scottish Ministers and Local Authorities, promoting good practice, and by working in partnership with others in the public, private and voluntary sectors to help secure the enhancement of, and benefits from, our natural assets for society.


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