Date lodged: 29 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in appointing a chief executive to its new Forestry and Land Scotland executive agency.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 30 October 2018
Following an open competition overseen by the Civil Service Commission, Simon Hodgson, currently Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise England, has been appointed as Chief Executive designate of Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), which will be established in April 2019 as an agency of the Scottish Government. This appointment represents another milestone in the process to complete the devolution of forestry in Scotland.
Mr Hodgson is expected to take up post in January 2019. With the agreement of the Forestry Commissioners, he will be seconded to the Forestry Commission as Chief Executive of Forest Enterprise Scotland from then until FLS is established. This will help ensure a smooth transfer of functions and staff to FLS from Forest Enterprise Scotland, the Forestry Commission agency that FLS will replace.