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BORDERS-based professionals working for national landowners’ body Scottish Land and Estates have been promoted.

Former head of policy, Sarah-Jane Laing from Kelso, becomes director of policy and parliamentary affairs while former senior land use policy officer Andrew Midgley, who lives in Peebles, will take on the role of head of policy.

Ms Laing will be responsible for policy development for the group and she will also represent members’ interests in the parliaments of Scotland, the UK and Europe.

Scottish Land and Estates chairman Luke Borwick said: “The contributions of both Sarah-Jane Laing and Andrew Midgley over recent months and years have been immense.

“The strength, and impact of delivery, of our key messages has always been underpinned by sound and thorough policy thought and advice for which we are hugely grateful to our whole policy team. In leading that team, Sarah-Jane and Andrew have amassed vast experience in both the minutiae of land policy, as well as a ‘bigger picture’ perception of what matters to those who own, manage and do business in Scotland’s rural places.”