The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has expressed its support for the rapid appointment of an interim CEO to the Crofting Commission.

“We were very concerned when Catriona MacLean left the Commission for another post in the Scottish Government,” said Fiona Mandeville, Chair of the SCF, “as, with all the recent turmoil still unresolved, a delay in re-appointment could leave the organisation in a very vulnerable state. I wrote to the Cabinet Secretary, Fergus Ewing, expressing this fear. It is very heartening then to see swift action and an interim appointment.”

Ms Mandeville continued, “We wish Bill Barron well in the job and all strength to his arm in tackling the changes that will be necessary to help the Crofting Commission back to its feet. I look forward to meeting with him to give him these good wishes in person and to learn from him what his strategy will be to address evident issues concerning the Commission.”