Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today welcomed the appointment by NFU Scotland of regional policy advisors for the islands, based in Orkney and Shetland.
Kerry Omand from Orkney and Lorna Scott from Shetland took up their positions earlier this week. The aim will be to work closely with the NFUS’ local branches, helping improve communications and stakeholder engagement as well as having people on the ground who know and understand about the issues facing islanders.
Commenting on the appointments, Mr McArthur said:
“I am delighted that NFU Scotland have taken this step to appoint Kerry Omand and Lorna Scott as regional advisors for the islands. Both have the experience, enthusiasm and skills to make a real impact in supporting the work of the NFU in Orkney and Shetland.
“Getting policy and decision makers to recognise the specific issues facing farmers and crofters in island communities can be difficult at times. I am confident, however, that Kerry and Lorna can help get the message across in the work they do and I wish them all the very best in their new roles”.