THE Countryside Alliance has been announced that the new director of the Scottish Countryside Alliance will take up the post early next month.
Jamie Stewart will liaise with politicians regarding legislation affecting rural Scotland.
His role will also include frontline membership, media, campaigning and fundraising work.
Mr Stewart has worked for the Countryside Alliance for a year as a specialist shooting consultant and is managing director of Westcountry Wildlife Services - a wildlife consultancy and training enterprise.
Officials said his experience of rural life and business made him the ideal choice to lead and develop the Scottish Countryside Alliance.
Mr Stewart is looking forward to the new role.
He said: “Rural Scotland and its people face many challenges from isolation to high fuel prices, poor broadband connectivity and various threats to our country sports.
“I look forward to working hard on our members’ behalf and to meeting as many as possible as I get stuck into my new role.
“I will be working closely with our experienced political and campaigns teams in London to tailor campaigns specifically for Scottish interests.
“I am also really looking forward to promoting rural businesses and produce through our popular and established Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards.”