Scottish Rural Action have re-appointed John Hutchison and appointed Amanda Burgauer as Co-Chairs of the organisation. Directors sought a co-chair model in order to share the workload and to better be able to represent the diversity of rural Scotland, with their time in role overlapping.
John based in Lochaber said “Moving to shared responsibility through Co-Chairs gives the further advantage of allowing better continuity as these post-holders change. Amanda, with her background, experience and strong roots in the community makes an ideal appointment.”
Amanda was elected as a director of Scottish Rural Action in March 2015. She is also the Chair of GANDL Development Group, a voluntary organisation that works to improve life in 9 local villages and the founder of B4GAL Community Broadband, a community-owned charitable company offering superfast broadband to local residents. She is passionate about rural affairs and vibrant, sustainable rural communities as reflected in her engagement with the local community and with issues such as land reform, affordable housing, transport and services, low wages and sustainable jobs. Amanda attended the first Workshop in Edinburgh that sought ideas from others in the European Rural Movement and was delighted to attend the inaugural Scottish Rural Parliament in Oban in 2014.
On being appointed Amanda said “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as Co-Chair. I am very much looking forward to ensuring that SRA works towards empowering communities and representing all the diverse voices of rural Scotland”