CLS is an independent charity formed in 2003, focused on providing a variety of educational, training and career opportunities for people within Scotland’s countryside. Our aim is to focus on the p6-s6 age group but encompass all demographics and areas of the land from recreation to traditional land uses, helping to sustain Scotland’s managed environments and wild places through education.


We aim to do this by improving people’s awareness, knowledge of and responsible access to the outdoors and to promote an informed understanding of the value of the countryside for lifelong health, quality of life and social well-being for all.


Although focusing on late primary and secondary, we also work with nursery, higher education, colleges and youth and community groups.


CLS Business Plan Executive Summary


Meet the People Behind the Work


Executive Director

Ian is passionate about creating responsible access to the countryside
Ian qualified from Jordanhill College of Physical Education where he studied sport in the community and was then involved with Scottish Rugby for 12 years as player, coach and development officer. Ian then moved to project manage the Scottish National Angling Programme followed by a spell managing the Country Sports Tourism Group. Before taking on his role as Executive Director of CLS Ian spent 4 years as wildlife manager at Pitcarmick estate.
through creating a rural environment where recreational activity, volunteering opportunities, rural livelihoods, and traditional land uses can live in harmony through better education and understanding.


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Katie Rudge

Education Programme Coordinator 

Through partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC), Katie is delivering the Pathways to Rural Work Programme For Countryside Learning Scotland as Education Programme Coordinator.  Katie’s background is in education and she taught Biology and Chemistry in England and Scotland for 10 years.  In 2017, Katie joined FSC Scotland and has enjoyed bringing her twin passions for education and the outdoors together to engage young people with nature, science and sustainability. Katie lives in rural Perthshire with her family, and enjoys hillwalking, running and cycling in her spare time.

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Project Manager

National Rural Learning Centre


David is undertaking a feasibility study for the proposed National Rural Learning Centre as a project manager for Countryside Learning Scotland. David comes from a farming background and holds an honors degree in Agricultural Animal Science. He is a qualified teacher of biology and has taught in South Korea, England and Scotland over the last 17 years. David is also a passionate salmon angler and is the founder and chairman of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Schools Network. Time outdoors hillwalking is another spare time pursuit. David lives with his family in rural Perthshire.

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Tony Andrews

Jim Drysdale

Deirdre Stewart

Keith Hopkins

Ralland Browne

Alister Aitkenhead

Nicola Simpson

Doug McAdam

Battleby House, Redgorton

Perth, PH1 3EW

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