Public appointment: members reappointed to the Crown Estate Scotland Board

Public appointments news release.

The Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Mairi McAllan MSP, today announced the reappointment of Liz Leonard and Jean Lindsay as members of the Board of Crown Estate Scotland.


Liz Leonard has over 30 years’ experience in communications and broadcast media, including at the BBC where she was an executive producer. She served as a non-executive director and chair at the communications regulator Ofcom for eight years, the latter at a time when digital connectivity and convergence required significant changes to communications policy and regulation. Mrs Leonard was also Vice Chair and Trustee at the Scottish Refugee Council for nine years.

Jean Lindsay was previously Director of Human Resources at the Forestry Commission. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and has experience in senior leadership, strategic people and change management, as well as health and safety and corporate governance in the public sector. She is also a judicial office holder of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).


The reappointments are for three years and run from 1 May 2022 until 30 April 2025.

The reappointments are regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Remuneration and time commitment

Members of the Board receive £219.17 per day for a time commitment of two days per month.

Other ministerial appointments

Mrs Lindsay is a member of the Board of Revenue Scotland. She receives £297.60 per day for a time commitment of one day per month.

Mrs Leonard 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.

Mrs Leonard and Mrs Lindsay have had no political activity within the last five years.

Crown Estate Scotland

Crown Estate Scotland is a self-financing public corporation accountable to the Scottish Ministers and to the Scottish Parliament. They are currently the manager of all the Scottish Crown Estate assets and pay net revenue to the Scottish Consolidated Fund. Crown Estate Scotland manage seabed, coastline, rural estates and some areas of built environment, investing in property, natural resources and people to create lasting value for Scotland. 

For more information, please visit Crown Estate Scotland’s website.

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