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Panel Members

Andrew ThinAndrew Thin
Andrew holds an Honours degree in Applied Science, a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Postgraduate diploma in Marketing. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, in Scotland and overseas. He has extensive recent experience of operating at board level in public bodies, including as the first Chairman of the Cairngorms National Park Authority and as Chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage. He is a Scottish Government Non-Executive Director, and a member of the SG’s main Audit and Risk Committee, Constitutional Reform Board and Infrastructure Investment Board. He also sits on the Board of Children’s Hearings Scotland. He lives with his wife and two children just outside Inverness, and devotes his spare time to running, hillwalking and to a very small smallholding.

Michelle Francis
Michelle is qualified to MSc level in Environmental Science and has worked as an environment and sustainability professional for 20 years in both the public and private sectors.

Within businesses she has advised on environmental and sustainability management, having been Head of Environment at Network Rail for six years, covering the whole of the UK, and prior to that Environment Manager for Railtrack in Scotland. Michelle established herself as a consultant in Scotland in 2004 and has for 10 years been providing advice for a variety of clients across the UK. She served as a Scottish Natural Heritage Board Member for six years from 2005-2011 and also on the Executive Board of the Royal Zoological Society Scotland during that time.

Michelle is currently a Board Member of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Director of Sustainability Catalyst Ltd, a small sustainability and environmental consultancy practice operating largely in the transport sector. Recent assignments include advising on sustainability issues for a large infrastructure project and leading the sustainability submission for rail franchise bids.

Jane HopeJane Hope
After a varied spell in the pharmaceutical industry and in farming, Jane joined the Civil Service in 1991 (Department of the Environment), moving to the Scottish Office in 1999 just as Devolution was taking practical effect. She worked on the Scottish Parliament’s legislation which introduced National Parks to Scotland, and then spent a spell setting up the first of these at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs in 2002, closely followed by a period setting up the Cairngorms in 2003. The mountains of the Cairngorms proved such a pull that she stayed and became the first permanent Chief Executive, retiring in March 2013 after 10 years.