ASSC Appoints All-Female Executive Team

The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has appointed an all-female executive team for the first time in its 40-year history.

Linda Battison steps into the Chair role recently vacated by outgoing Chairman, David Smythe, becoming the first woman ever to hold the position.

Linda joins Vice-Chair, Tara Scott, and the association’s Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, to form the new executive leadership team.

Linda and Tara were elected to their roles following the ASSC’s recent AGM which took place before the Association’s record-breaking 2018 conference, the largest gathering of its kind in Europe.

Fiona and Tara were also recently named among the Women In Business top 100 list for tourism.

Linda, Tara, and Fiona take on the task of leading the association at a challenging and exciting time in the history of Scotland’s £723million traditional short-term rental sector alongside their existing board members and new additions Emma Poulton-Parley, Bob McAlpine, and Samantha Mossman.

The new board will draw on their wealth of experience and knowledge to guide the ASSC in its role as Scotland’s only trade body representing the interests of the traditional short-term rental sector, including over 7,000 properties managed by its 650 members across the country.

ASSC Chief Executive, Fiona Campbell, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Linda and Tara to their new roles; it’s fantastic to have an all-female executive leadership team at the ASSC for the first time ever.

“Our new board is full of talent and vision – which couldn’t be more necessary given the challenges our sector faces currently.

“On behalf of the ASSC, we’re indebted to our previous board and to our outgoing Chairman, David Smythe, for the dedication, enthusiasm, and leadership they have shown.

“We believe that Scottish self-catering has a bright future ahead and our new board, and executive leadership, stands ready to make sure this is the case for all members of the ASSC.”