Jo joined the Forestry Commission Sotland as Deputy Director in October 2013, taking over from David Henderson-Howat. She joined FCS after 5 years working for the Scottish Government, with responsibilities including sponsorship of Scottish Natural Heritage, the National Park Authorities and CAP policy.

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Stuart is a chartered town planner with extensive experience spanning over 25 years in development planning both at the local and strategic levels. He has an BA (Hons) degree in Planning from Glasgow School of Art/Glasgow University and is currently the Manager of the Glasgow and the Clyde Valley Strategic Development Planning Authority.

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John McDowall is the Depute Leader and Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment at South Ayrshire Council.

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Sheila Beck is a Principal Health Adviser in NHS Health Scotland where she is responsible for dealing with issues about how the places in which people live can impact upon their health, wellbeing and behaviours and how this can, in turn, contribute to health inequalities.

In Health Scotland, she manages a team of Public Health Advisers who work on a broad range of public health topics, she also leads the issue framing arm of the Good Places, Better Health initiative; and participates in the GoWell study, which is evaluating the health impacts of regeneration activity in Glasgow.

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John Bury is Head of Planning with the City of Edinburgh Council where he is responsible for the delivery of Edinburgh's planning and development activities.

His current role includes progressing development in the City’s priority areas such as the City Centre and Waterfront, the Council’s inputs to the strategic development plan for South East Scotland and the delivery of Edinburgh’s local development plan.

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Our Vision for Central Scotland

‘By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’

The Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) will change the face of Central Scotland, by restoring and transforming the landscape of an area stretching from Ayrshire and Inverclyde in the west, to Fife and the Lothians in the east.

The CSGN is a national development within the National Planning Framework which aims to make ‘a significant contribution to Scotland's sustainable economic development’. It involves public agencies and stakeholders working together to align their policies, programmes and actions to achieve a common aim.