Earl of Lindsay

James Lindesay-Bethune

James Lindesay-Bethune



Address as

Lord Lindsay

Contact details


House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 5353
Fax: 020 7219 5979


Lords career

First entered House of Lords 1989; Government Whip 1995; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Scottish Office 1995-97; Opposition Spokesperson for Green Issues June-October 1997; Elected hereditary peer 1999-

Councils, public bodies

Board member, Cairngorms Partnership 1998-2003; Member: Secretary of State's Advisory Group on Sustainable Development 1998-99, UK Round Table on Sustainable Development 1998-99; Chair: United Kingdom Accreditation Service 2002-; Better Regulation Commission: Member 2006-, Deputy chair 2007-08; DL, Fife 2007-; Member: Advisory board, Business and a Sustainable Environment 2007-, Commission on Scottish Devolution 2008-09, Risk and Regulation Advisory Council 2008-10

International bodies

Inter-Parliamentary Union Committee on Environment: Member 1993-95, Vice-chair 1994-95

Political interests

Environment, agriculture, rural affairs, energy, food industry, Scotland, regulation, accreditation, standards

Register of Interests

1: Directorships

Chairman, United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

Non-executive Director, Scottish Resources Group Ltd

Non-executive Director, British Polythene Industries plc (BPI)

Chairman, SAC Ltd (Scottish Agricultural College)

Chairman, Greenfield Holdings Ltd (renewable energy)

Director & Chairman, Clinical Pathology Accreditation UK Ltd (subsidiary of United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS))

Chairman & Director, SAC Commercial Ltd (subsidiary of SAC Ltd)

Chairman & Director, SAC Corporate Trustee Ltd (subsidiary of SAC Ltd)

Chairman & Director, SAC Consulting Ltd (subsidiary of SAC Ltd)

2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Chairman, British Polythene Pension Scheme Trustees

Associate Director, National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC)

Farmer, landowner and property owner with rental income from cottages, holiday lets etc


Property owner, cottage rentals, holiday lets etc.

5: Land and property

Farmland in Fife including residential property

Wilderness (approximately 100 acres) on West Coast of Scotland including residential property

Flat in Edinburgh

9: Miscellaneous financial interests

Chairman, Moorland Forum, from which a small sum is received quarterly

Member, Advisory Board, BASE, Business And Sustainable Environment

10: Non-financial interests (a)

Director/Trustee, Leven Valley Development Trust

10: Non-financial interests (e)

Chairman, Friends of the Capercaillie

President, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

Vice President, RSPB

Vice President, International Tree Foundation

Vice President, Royal Smithfield Club