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Professor Christopher Spray

Professor Christopher Spray has been reappointed to the Park Authority Board for a maximum of four years until the 31 October 2026.

Chris Spray is Emeritus Professor of Water Science & Policy at the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science at the University of Dundee. His work and research focuses on water and wetlands, habitat restoration and natural flood risk management, and he brings over 35 years of experience working in a number of fields across ecology, nature conservation, water and environmental regulation. He is a past Director of Science for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, a past member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Scottish Natural Heritage, and the chair of the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Special Protection Areas and Ramsar sites from 2018-21. He has also worked closely with Tweed Forum and Scottish Borders Council on land use and ecosystem services, during which time he developed the Framework for Delivery of the Scottish Government’s first Land Use Strategy pilot in the Borders.

Chris was elected as the Board Representative to the Countryside Trust in December 2022.

Register of Interests

  • Category 1: Remuneration
    • Tweed Forum: charitable NGO engaged in Sustainable Catchment Management
    • Board Member: Environmental Standards Scotland
  • Category 2: Other Roles
    • Director – Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Countryside Trust
  • Category 3: Contracts
    • None
  • Category 4: Election Expenses
    • None
  • Category 5: Houses, Land and Buildings
    • None
  • Category 6: Interest in Shares & Securities
    • None
  • Category 7: Gifts and Hospitality
    • None
  • Category 8: Non-Financial Interests

◦ Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
◦ Historic Scotland
◦ Scottish Wildlife Trust
◦ John Muir Trust
◦ Junior Mountaineering Club of Scotland
◦ British Trust for Ornithology
◦ River Restoration Centre
◦ Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management
◦ Bumblebee Conservation Trust

  • Category 9: Close Family Members
    • None
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