This followed Dr Joan Mitchell’s resignation from the AGM after 10 years of service with a heartfelt speech that encouraged the entire Biosphere team to be “confident, ambitious and generous” in their partnerships and future plans.
Melanie has over two decades of experience in strategy, governance and stakeholder engagement, having worked in private sector and third sector organizations in addition to running her own business, Nithbank Country Estate in Thornhill.
In addition to being Vice-Chair of the Biosphere Board of Directors, Melanie sits on the Board of Directors of the South of Scotland Destination Alliance and is the Secretary General of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers.
Melanie took Nithbank Country Estate on a journey to become a multi-award winning rural business that champions community bonds and the biosphere ethic of celebrating landscape and culture.
In her first speech in the Presidency, Melanie spoke about her goals for the organization to be bold and creative in sharing her stories and to seize opportunities to put the biosphere and southern Scotland on the world map. .
She said, “It’s so empowering to be part of a network of like-minded people who inspire stories every day about their connection to our world-class environment.
“Together, we will continue to work closely with partners to advance a dynamic new strategy to benefit people and nature for years to come. “