Public appointment: member reappointed to the Board of NatureScot

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The Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity, Lorna Slater MSP, today announced the reappointment of Aoife Martin as a Member of the Board of NatureScot.


Aoife Martin is an experienced resource management professional who has worked on fisheries, forestry and land management issues. She is currently the Director of Operations at the Sea Fish Industry Authority which she joined in 2017 after 14 years working for the civil service in the UK and New Zealand. She is also a Member of the Board of the US based non-government organisation Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and has a MBA from the University of Edinburgh.


Ms Martin has been reappointed for two years from 1 April 2022 until 31 March 2024.

The reappointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

Ms Martin receives £320.22 per day for a time commitment 2.5 days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Ms Martin does not hold any other Ministerial 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.

Ms Martin has had no political activity within the last five years.


NatureScot is Scotland’s nature agency, it works to improve Scotland’s natural environment and inspire everyone to care more about it. The organisation works to promote, care for and improve Scotland’s natural heritage; enable greater understanding and awareness of nature; promote the sustainable use of Scotland’s natural heritage; and help people to enjoy nature responsibly. NatureScot plays a key role in supporting the delivery of Scottish Government environmental priorities, including action to tackle to twin climate emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss.

For more information, visit NatureScot website or follow them on Twitter.

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