Peter Peacock and landscape justice

Peter Peacock is a land reform campaigner, who acts as the Policy Director of Community Land Scotland. He has an extensive background in public policy as leader of a large regional local authority in Scotland and as a former Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP).

Peter has had a working life spanning the public, voluntary and private sectors, and in politics. Overlapping work for the Citizens Advice Scotland and while in private consultancy he had a local government career, being first elected to Highland Regional Council where he variously Chaired the Finance, Budget and Policy Committees, before becoming the first Leader of Highland Council. Following 17 years as a Councillor he was elected as a Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands to the first Scottish Parliament and appointed a Minister. He held a number of Ministerial responsibilities over the first two terms of the Parliament including for education and children’s services, local government, public services, and Gaelic, culminating in holding Cabinet responsibility for Education and Young People for a number of years. He is a former Member of the European Committee of the Regions; served on the Post Office Board for Scotland; as a Board member of Scottish Natural Heritage; and Chair of the Library and Information Council. Since retiring from Parliament in 2011 he has undertaken a number of new assignments – currently as Policy Director of Community Land Scotland, member of the OFCOM Advisory Committee for Scotland, the RSPB Committee for Scotland, and Chair of the Customer Forum for Water in Scotland.

Peter lives in the Highlands.

Community Land Scotland

Community land Scotland is working with Inherit on landscape policy questions and the relationship with the Planning system, as well as seeking to pilot an approach to engaging much more fully local people in the characterisation of their landscape as a contribution to their land use planning and sustainable development. See

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