Chris Tiso, CEO of Scotland’s leading outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Tiso, has been named the first national ambassador of the independent charity Countryside Learning Scotland (CLS).
The appointment, confirmed by Ian Robertson, Executive Director of Perthshire-based CLS further underlines Chris Tiso’s renowned commitment to support individuals and organisations that share his passion and active interest in the great outdoors.
Countryside Learning Scotland’s vision is for a viable and sustainable future for Scotland’s countryside. The charity aims to promote an informed understanding of the value of the countryside to lifelong health, quality of life and wellbeing.
Working in partnership with local authorities, teachers, outdoor learning professionals and representatives of diverse rural industries, it gives school-aged pupils, those in higher education and community groups the opportunity to learn about and potentially establish roots in Scotland’s rural economy. This includes facilitating talks with rural industry professionals such as farmers, gamekeepers and foresters to arranging ‘countryside visits’ to working farms, estates and rural businesses.
Chris Tiso, who is also Hon President of Scouts Scotland, commented: “I feel very proud to be asked by Countryside Learning Scotland to be its first ambassador and to help further raise awareness of its work in giving young people hands-on learning, training and employment opportunities in the areas of land-use and rural industry.
“From a very early age I was raised to develop a deep appreciation and strong affinity with the outdoors. I very much look forward to helping CLS engage young people in the tremendous health benefits and life-long work and leisure opportunities offered within the countryside.”
Ian Robertson of Countryside Learning Scotland, added, “As the head of Scotland’s leading outdoor retailer, Chris is widely recognised in Scotland’s business and outdoor community. He shares our passion for giving young people every chance to develop their appreciation, knowledge and skills in rural based activities.
“From Ullapool, Rannoch and Dundee, to Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Glasgow, CLS is already engaging almost 1,000 pupils, students and teachers across no less than six local authorities. As we seek to increase our footprint in Scotland’s great outdoors, I am certain that Chris will prove to be an excellent ambassador for Countryside Learning Scotland.”