NFU Scotland Appoints Fiona Forrest-Anderson Remuneration Committee Chair

NFU Scotland has appointed Fiona Forrest-Anderson as the new independent chair of its remuneration committee.

The remuneration committee provides guidance and advice to the Union’s top team on the principal issues affecting its staff body. Primarily, how best to recruit, retain and reward its high-quality staff to ensure that NFU Scotland remains the leading agricultural lobbying and policy organisation in Scotland.

Fiona is currently Head of Employer Engagement at Napier University and has been recognised for her specialist skills in inclusion, organisational change, diversity and gender equality.

Commenting on the appointment, NFU Scotland Treasurer Rupert Shaw said: “This is a welcome and significant appointment for us.  I am thrilled that Fiona has agreed to take on this important role: bringing her perceptive and capable talents to help us professionalise this important aspect of the Union’s internal management.

“Continuing to make improvements around recruitment, retention and reward of staff will, in turn, benefit all our farming, crofting and family members by strengthening our team as we face an ever-increasing workload.’’

On taking up the position, Fiona added: “I’m delighted to take up this role as chair and join Chief Executive Scott Walker and his team at NFU Scotland.  

“The Union has been part of our family’s way of life for some time and I look forward to bringing my experience to the committee to make decisions that continue to be in the best interests of NFU Scotland’s people’’.     

Notes for Editors

Fiona left a civilian HR career with generalist and employee relations experience gained at ScottishPower to commission into the Royal Military Police in 2005. She spent time as a regular Army Officer and in full-time Reserve Service, being awarded the Commander Field Army’s Commendation in 2017.

  • Fiona joined Edinburgh Napier University in 2016 initially as their HR Partner for Inclusion and Organisational Change. She led the development and implementation of the University’s new Inclusion Strategy and was also responsible for all public sector statutory reporting in the equality and diversity space.  Fiona was recognised for her work with Napier’s Diversity in Business Award from Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in 2019 and was nominated for a Public Sector Award for Championing Gender Equality in 2018.  Fiona was promoted to her current role as Head of Employer Engagement in late 2018.
  • Fiona also sits on the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament for The Armed Forces and Veterans Community and is a former panel member with Children’s Hearings Scotland.
  • Hailing from just outside Penicuik in Midlothian, Fiona is a shepherd’s granddaughter and partner to a former farmer, with two young children.
  • A photograph of Fiona Forrest-Anderson is attached.


Contact Bob Carruth on 07788 927675

Author: Bob Carruth

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News Article No.: 58/21

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Bob Carruth

A dairy farmer’s son, I joined NFU Scotland in 1999 after 13 years as an agricultural journalist. Following spells as a regional manager and policy lead on milk, livestock and animal health and welfare, I became Communications Director in 2008.

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