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Membership of the forum

What does the forum do?

The Perth & Kinross Outdoor Access Forum is an independent group of individuals and representatives of organisations appointed by the Council under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. They are there to offer advice to the Council and the public on access related issues. View the forums icon aims and operating principles [239Kb]

Who is on the forum?

There are 16 seats on the forum, four seats are held by people from each of four categories being:

  • Agencies/Public Bodies
  • Community
  • Recreational interests
  • Landowners/managers

The Council invites Agencies/Public Bodies to put forward representatives to sit on the Forum. The other 12 seats are held by people who have been elected at public meetings to represent their interest group. An annual election is held in April or May.

Can I join the forum?

Applications for a seat on the forum are welcome.  If you think you might be interested please contact a forum member to find out more. Applications need to be sent in advance.

Completed icon application form [23Kb] should be returned to, The Environment Service, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5DG.

Current members

Agencies / Public Bodies:

Councillor Michael Barnacle

The Council representative is Councillor Michael Barnacle.  He is a Kinross-shire Ward Councillor, a member of the  Environment and Infrastructure  and the Planning and Development Management Committees. He is also President of Crochallan Mountaineering Club and a member of John Muir Trust and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland

Mike Strachan

Mike represents the Forestry Commission Scotland. He is the Policy and Development Officer for Perth and Argyll Conservancy. Mike has spent the last 15 years promoting best forest practice in Highland Perthshire, and has had a significant input to developing path networks, Big Tree Country , promoting the use of bio-mass and alternative energy etc. He also has a sound knowledge of the area and how infrastructures and partnerships can be developed.

Bob Bennett

Bob is the Chairman of the Centre for Inclusive Living, Perth & Kinross. This organisation represents people with disabilities and Bob brings this perspective and practical experience to the Forum.

  • Centre for Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross 90 Tay Street PERTH PH2 8NP
  • 01738 443532


Nick Cole (Convener)

Nick's interests include the environment and active recreation.  He is a private consultant in event planning and management.  Also sits on the Cairngorms National Park Access Forum and Scottish Adventure Activities Forum. He is a trustee of Blairgowrie Town Hall and Treasurer of the Blairgowrie and Rattray Access Network.

Jennifer Herd

Jennifer is a member of British Horse Society and the Strathearn Rural + Riders Access Group. She has broad experience particularly in negotiating equestrian access and representing the interests of horse riders.

Annie Benson

Annie grew up on a farm.  She has a broad understanding of access issues,  tourism, disability, wild camping issues and a sensitivity towards farmers/landowners. She is a member of the Rannoch Paths and Open Space Group (Rannoch Community Trust).

Alison Hood

Alison is a member of Luncarty, Redgorton and Moneydie Community Council.  Her interests are horse riding, skiing, and walking her dog through the beautiful woods and hills surrounding Perth.  As a landowner and also someone who enjoys the "right of responsible access" she is sensitive to both sides and is keen to see the two be able to work in harmony.


Mary Conacher

Mary was the Access Officer for the Scottish Canoe Association and a canoe instructor for many years. She has an interest in sailing and windsurfing though mostly active in canoeing.

John Andrews

John is an active member of the Ramblers and is currently their Access Officer of the Perth Group. He enjoys hill and long distance walking and has keen interest in the development of path networks for all abilities.

Karen Inkster

Karen has 20 + years in the outdoor industry.  She is a hillwalker, climber, horse rider and mountain biker. She is also a member of the British Horse Society and the Scottish rights of Way and Access Society (Scotways).

Anne Macintyre

Anne is a member of Portmoak Paths Group and a Committee member of Kinross Road Runners and can be found walking, running and cycling the local trails of Kinross-shire and further afield. She is passionate about the benefits of enjoying the outdoors and protecting and promoting our local path network. 



Hugh Anderson

Hugh is a retired Estate Factor. He has played an active part in many organisations being past Chairman of the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, Scone & District Community Council, and Scone in Bloom. He was a Councillor during which time he convened Council Committees for Leisure and Recreation (1992-96) and Planning & Economic Development (1999 - 2003).

Sandy Simpson

Sandy Simpson is a farmer and Chairman of the local branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust, a Director of Rural Services Scotland (formerly Perthshire Machinery Ring) and a member of the Perth & Kinross Agricultural Forum. He takes a great interest in all environmental issues.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew served an earlier term as a community representative on the Forum. Originally from a farming background, his professional experience spans forestry, conservation land management, and recreational access with a land based tourism enterprise. Now retired, much of his energy is focused on delivering biodiversity improvements across the Forum area, including on his own 40 acre woodland rewilding project in Highland Perthshire. He lives in Comrie.

Contact details

Community Greenspace

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476