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Chief encounters: David Cameron, Community Land Scotland

This feature is about 9 years old

David Cameron, chair of Community Land Scotland, on living on the Isle of Harris, charity boards and the shipping forecast

What time do you wake up?
Usually 5am.

What is your morning routine?
Listen to the Shipping Forecast then Radio Scotland. Try to get as much done as possible before the rest of the world wakes up.

Why do you work in the third sector?
It just happens to be where community land ownership finds itself. It’s voluntary. The moment you start getting paid then you are under external pressure to deliver.

What makes a good day at work?
A little bit of progress towards Community Land Scotland’s aims of having structures in place to allow people to always be able to purchase the land on which they live and work. Time off to do family things with my wife. Getting photos of grandchildren via phone or email.

What do you procrastinate over?
Spending money.

David Cameron

Keep remembering people, old and young, are important

David Cameron

How often do you socialise with colleagues outside the Christmas party?
Meeting up with colleagues is always enjoyable but quite difficult due to living on the Isle of Harris.

What is your perfect weekend?
Depending on the weather either a lazy or an outdoor Saturday and always a Hebridean Sunday.

Should there be a cap on charity chief executive pay?

How did you end up in your job?
Sometimes I wonder about the answer to that as well.

Are boards the strength of the third sector or a thorn in its side?
Community Land Scotland’s strength lies in its membership and this is reflected in an excellent hard-working voluntary board drawn from that membership.

Would we all be better off if charities did more in our society?
Not necessarily. Horses for courses.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Keep remembering people, old and young, are important. Keep believing.

Brian Denis Cox or Brian Edward Cox?
The actor, Brian Denis Cox

David Cameron is the chair of Community Land Scotland



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