Meet the team

Meet the team

The Scottish Rural Network is supported by a small team in the Scottish Government called the Network Support Unit. Find out more about the members of the team and their roles below.

Alan Robertson
Scottish Rural Network Manager

I have worked in the Scottish Government (SG) since 2009, starting in the agency Disclosure Scotland and then moving into core SG.  I worked across Justice and Public Health Directorates (“Diet” Officer if you can believe that) until obtaining my current post as Network Manager within the Scottish Rural Network.

Prior to joining Scottish Government, I worked in the public and the private sector within a variety of roles. 

In my free time I like exploring the Perthshire countryside (where I live), buying and listening to music (much to my wife’s annoyance) and seeking the perfect pint of IPA.

Katharine Johnston
Stakeholder Engagement & Business Officer

I joined the Scottish Government in 2007 and spent nearly 13 years working in various teams within the Crofting Commission. At the end of November 2019 I joined the Scottish Rural Network (SRN) - just in time for the Christmas party! 

My role within the team includes the organisation and facilitation of events involving the SRN. I also support the team by coordinating and managing SRN’s programme of case studies and contributing content for the SRN’s website and newsletter. 

I live in the Black Isle just north of Inverness with my husband and kids and our cat and 2 dogs. In my younger years I was a long-term committee member of my local Young Farmers Club which has resulted in a love of agricultural shows.

Susan Thomson

Project Officer

I have worked in the Scottish Government since 2019. I started in the Social Security Scotland agency before moving to the Scottish Rural Network.

Prior to working for the Scottish Government, I worked for a bank for twenty something years. After having my children I decided to leave the bank and return to full-time education study for a BA in Sociology and Social Policy. Since graduating I have worked for Local Authorities and in the Third Sector.

My role in the Scottish Rural Network team involves scoping and delivery of projects and initiatives aimed at developing and strengthening rural communities and businesses.

I live in the Western Isles with my family and our two dogs.