Public appointment: members appointed to the Crown Estate Scotland Board

Public appointment news release.

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The Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP, today announced the appointment of Katerina Brown and Ailsa Raeburn as Members of the Board of Crown Estate Scotland.


Katerina Brown is a highly experienced finance executive whose expertise lies in analysing and assessing performance, and maximizing the return on assets. Her sector experience spans a range of asset classes from financial assets, following two decades working in Financial Services in the City of London, to physical assets, thermal and renewable energy, and more recently, in land, buildings and the environment based in Scotland. She is currently Chief Operating Officer of the National Trust for Scotland.

Ailsa Raeburn is Chair of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust and Chair of Community Land Scotland. She works with communities across Scotland to support their development ambitions. Living in rural Argyll she understands well the opportunities rural Scotland offers as a place to live, work and invest, but also the challenges many communities face in becoming more sustainable and resilient.


The appointments will be for three years and run from 1 June 2022 until 31 May 2025.

The appointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

Members of the Board receive a fee of £219.50 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Ms Brown and Ms Raeburn do 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.

Ms Brown and Ms Raeburn have had no political activity within the last five years.


Crown Estate Scotland is a self-financing Statutory Public Corporation accountable to the Scottish Ministers and to the Scottish Parliament. The management and revenue of the Scottish Crown Estate was devolved to Scotland on 1 April 2017.

The Scottish Crown Estate includes a diverse range of urban, rural, coastal and marine assets. The diversity of the property, rights and interests comprising the Scottish Crown Estate means that decisions on retention, use or sale of the assets can deliver significant economic, social, financial and environmental benefits for communities across Scotland. Crown Estate Scotland is currently the manager of all the Scottish Crown Estate assets.

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