Duncan Bryden

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Teaches on MSc Eco Tourism modules

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourism Policy and Management

Duncan is a rural development specialist, based in the Scottish Highlands with a wide range of experience in the public, private and third sectors. He has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning and practical site management, protected area governance and community facilitation. He pioneered sustainable tourism policy in Scotland. His international experience extends to Scandinavia and North America where he has undertaken study tours and delivered key note conference presentations.


  • Cambridge University Programme for Sustainable Business Leadership 2011;
  • Edinburgh University (1978 -1982) - BSc (Hons) Ecological Science;
  • Birmingham University 1993 - MSocSc Heritage Management;
  • Royal Society for Biology - Chartered Biologist 1988;
  • Countryside Commission for Scotland Ranger Training Award 1987.


  • 2003 – 2015 Cairngorms National Park Authority Board – Chairman 2012 - 2015;
  • Past Director and Vice Chair National Parks UK Ltd;
  • Member of Forestry Commission Scotland Regional Forestry Forum 2005 – 2009;
  • Director - Strathdearn Community Developments Ltd
  • Director - Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust


Employment Status – from 2002 self-employed Rural Development Consultant

Since 2002, Duncan has delivered over 70 reports through his rural development consultancy  focusing on strategic planning, feasibility planning, business case development, evaluation and management, policy development, lottery and grant applications for environmental, tourism, leisure and voluntary sectors  with particular specialisms in  sustainable tourism, visitor management and community consultation.


Past employment history

  • Regional Director North – Scottish Wildlife Trust - April 2000 to April 2002;
  • Tourism and Environment Manager (seconded from Highlands and Islands Enterprise) covering all of Scotland - April 1994 to April 2000;
  • Head of Planning and Research - Ross and Cromarty Enterprise - 1991 to 1994;
  • Visitor Services Manager - Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore - 1987 to 1991:
  • Park Manager – Drumpellier Country Park – North Lanarkshire
  • Seasonal Ranger posts Loch Lomond and Isle of Arran


Duncan completed the Munros in 1989 and if pressed will admit to closing in on the Corbetts. A very average mountain biker and mountaineer he has spent time in mountains in Iceland, Norway, Spain, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Indonesia and squeezes in an annual trip to the Austrian Alps. He likes thrashing remote lochs with a fishing line.