Forestry Commissioner for Scotland

Amanda Bryan



Amanda Bryan has had a career in forestry and natural resource management, rural and community development across the Highlands and Islands. She is currently Programme Leader and a Lecturer on the Forest Management degree at the Scottish School of Forestry, Inverness College, UHI. Amanda has also run her own consultancy company Aigas Associates since 2000.

Amanda is an experienced non-exec and is currently Chair of Crown Estate Scotland, Chair of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust and a Board Member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. She has had previous board and advisory roles with Scottish Natural Heritage, BBC Scotland and the BBC Trust, Ofcom and Community Energy Scotland. Amanda was also an Adviser to the Scottish Government’s Land Reform Review Group.

Forestry Commissioner for Scotland

Forestry Commissioners have a number of specific statutory duties and powers, summarised in the Forestry Act as:

  • promoting the interests of forestry
  • the development of afforestation
  • the production and supply of timber and other forest products

In practice, these mainly relate to providing incentives (grants), regulation though controls on felling, plant health issues and managing the public forest estate.

The Commissioners have a legal duty to seek a reasonable balance between the production and supply of timber and the interests of conservation. In promoting the multiple benefits of forestry, they also seek to take careful account of people’s needs and wishes, including local communities.