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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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Paul Bancks

Paul Bancks

Asset Manager (Coastal)

Paul has been with us for over 10 years, joining our predecessor organisation The Crown Estate in 2003. He works closely with our managing agents on-the-ground, local organisations, community groups and industry, to manage our coastal assets and infrastructure (e.g. ports, marinas, harbours and moorings) and marine activities (e.g. dredging).

Paul has a degree in Offshore Engineering and an MSc in Marine Resource Management, and previously worked as a weather forecaster for the Met Office.

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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 supporting global corporate clients in crisis communications and campaigning for international NGOs such as Pew Environment Group, WWF and Nature Conservancy.

She joined our predecessor organisation The Crown Estate in 2013 and now oversees all aspects of communications & branding, stakeholder engagement, people and policy.

 

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Annie Breaden

Annie Breaden

Senior Policy Manager

Annie Breaden is our Policy & Planning Senior Manager with responsibility for planning, policy and consenting matters across the business. Annie has worked at The Crown Estate since 2010, originally providing supporting on offshore renewables activity and now more broadly across the portfolio. 

Before joining us, Annie worked in environmental consultancy, undertaking planning and environmental assessment work for large infrastructure projects such as the Queensferry Crossing. She has a degree in Geography and an MSc in Rural and Regional Resource Planning.

 

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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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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.

 

Ronnie Quinn

Ronnie Quinn

Chief Executive

Ronnie leads the business day-to-day and reports to the Board.

Prior to joining The Crown Estate he was a consultant advising on electricity market restructurings, price controls and transmission policies, and has held roles as the Managing Director of Scottish Electricity Settlements Ltd and the (non-executive) Director of the MRA Service Company. Ronnie is a graduate of Strathclyde University (LLB).

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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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