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Our management team

Alex Adrian

Alex Adrian

Aquaculture Operations Manager

Alex is responsible for our finfish, shellfish and seaweed cultivation and harvesting business activities. This role includes collaborative working with industry, regulating authorities and marine development colleagues to find new ways to sustainably grow the sector, support research and examine cross-sector co-operation.

Prior to joining our predecessor organisation The Crown Estate in 2007, Alex was in the Scottish salmon farming industry for 19 years, working in fish health, technical and site development roles.

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Esther Black

Esther Black

Head of Corporate Operations

Esther has worked in strategic communications for 20 years. She started her career as a journalist before working in the Scottish Parliament, then moved into consultancy supporting campaigning and public relations for international NGOs Pew Environment Group, WWF and Nature Conservancy, as well as Scotland's Children's Commissioner, Waitrose and renewable energy developers.

She joined our predecessor organisation The Crown Estate in 2013 and now oversees communications & branding, stakeholder engagement, people and policy. Esther sits on Business in the Community Scotland's Advisory Board.

 

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Lynne Higgins

Lynne Higgins

Head of Finance & Commercial

Lynne leads on all financial matters and oversees the commercial aspects of the business.

She is an accomplished Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in financial and commercial roles. Prior to joining our predecessor organisation The Crown Estate in 2016, she held posts as Finance Director for The NWH Group Ltd and Chief Operating Officer for The Premier Property Group, a commercial property group.  

She has also held financial roles within local government as Financial Controller for EDI Group Ltd and Accountant for Edinburgh District Council (now City of Edinburgh Council). Lynne is a graduate of Edinburgh University.

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Simon Hodge

Simon Hodge

Chief Executive

Simon Hodge is Chief Executive of Crown Estate Scotland, leading on day-to-day business and reporting to the Board.

Simon's career to date includes eight years as Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise Scotland.

Helen Kerr

Helen Kerr

GIS Manager

Helen Kerr is our GIS Manager with responsibility for delivering GIS services and promoting the use of spatial technologies in Crown Estate Scotland. Her career in Cartography and GIS spans 35 years.

Helen's significant experience includes 15 years' responsibility for the management of GIS and her team of analysts in Edinburgh.

She is responsible for the implementation and use of spatial data across the business and has been an instrumental part of ensuring the deployment of ArcGIS Online.

 

John Robertson

John Robertson

Senior Manager

John’s role involves managing capital investments in the construction of renewable energy projects and contractual management of a portfolio of offshore energy property agreements. 

He has worked for us for a number of years, starting with The Crown Estate in 2010. Prior to joining us, John held various commercial management roles within the energy sector.
 

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Fiona Simpson

Fiona Simpson

Asset Manager (Property)

Fiona joined The Crown Estate as a graduate in the role of Executive Officer and has remained with the organisation for over 30 years. She has worked on urban property as well as the marine assets when fish farming grew rapidly in the 1980s.

Fiona now oversees property management on our four rural estates, as well as managing Crown Estate Scotland’s rights to naturally-occurring gold and silver, and wild salmon fishing.

For more on Fiona's role see our careers stories.

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Andy Wells

Andy Wells

Head of Property

Andy has worked for The Crown Estate since 1990, managing our Glenlivet Estate before becoming Head of Countryside Management across the UK. He took up his current role in July 2016.

Andy is responsible for our rural and coastal assets which includes 37,000 hectares of rural land with forestry, farming, commercial and residential tenants as well as around half of Scotland’s coastline with ports, harbours and 5,800 moorings. He also oversees health and safety policy on behalf of the Board.

Andy’s work has been recognised with a raft of international and national awards, including an honorary fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.

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