Forestry boss appointed as new chief exec of Scottish Crown Estate

Simon Hodge
Simon Hodge

The Scottish Crown Estate has appointed senior civil servant Simon Hodge as its new chief executive.

Previously chief executive of Forest Enterprise Scotland, he will head up the 38-strong team responsible for managing assets that stretch the length and breadth of Scotland, including agricultural and forestry land, most of the seabed, just under half of the foreshore and some retail and office property.

Among other assets, the Scottish Crown Estate owns and operates just under half the foreshore around Scotland including 5,800 moorings and some ports and harbours and controls leasing of virtually all seabed out to 12 nautical miles and agreements with cable and pipeline operators.

Hodge said: “The business works with tenants and organisations in sectors such as offshore renewables, agriculture, forestry, and aquaculture as well as ports and harbours, to ensure the land and property is developed and managed in a way that supports tenants and delivers wider public benefits.

“The Scottish Crown Estate Bill, which outlines a continuing role of Crown Estate Scotland while enabling councils and communities to directly manage specific assets, shows that the Scot-Govt recognises the success of the organisation and value the experience of the team.”

Meanwhile, the Energy Innovation Centre has appointed former E.ON chief executive Tony Cocker as its new chairman. 

The Energy Innovation Centre is a not-for-profit innovation organisation owned by seven of the UK’s gas and electricity distribution networks and the Energy Systems Catapult.

26 Mar 2018


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