What is the role of the Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)?

The SAG serves to support and provide advice to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Non-executive members are specifically selected for their expertise or experience in matters relating to financial strategy, risk, service delivery and change management.  

Terms of reference

View the SAG'S terms of reference.

Scottish Forestry Members

Group members Title
Paul Lowe (Chair)  Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Helen McKay Chief Forester 
Jonathan Taylor Head of Scottish Forestry Executive Office
Alan Hampson Director of Policy and Practice
Ross McHardie Head of Finance and Business Support
Brendan Callaghan Director of Operational Delivery
Zahid Deen Director of Transformation and Corporate Services

Non-executive members

Non-executives Organisation
Eleanor Ryan Glen Shuraig Consulting Ltd
James Stuart  One Planet Consulting Ltd
Phil Taylor YPeople
Richard Morris Greenspace Scotland

View the Register of Interests for the SAG to find out about additional roles undertaken by its members.

A SAG code of conduct has been developed to ensure non-executives carry out their duties to the highest standards expected of them.


The SAG meet up to 6 times a year.


View the SAG minutes.


Contact the SAG Secretary if you've a question relating to minutes.