Active Nation Commissioner

Scotland's Active Nation Commissioner worked independently of government to help ensure that walking and cycling are accessible and inclusive for all.

Lee Craigie was appointed to the role in December 2018 and finished her role in June 2022. As a national advocate for Active Travel across the country, her aim was to raise the profile of these inclusive and sustainable modes of travel while promoting their heath, environmental, social and economic benefits to everyone who lives, works in, or visits Scotland.

More sustainable lives

Concluding the role, Lee has published a final report, putting forward a number of recommendations which have been considered by Ministers. Reflecting on her time in post and on the report, Lee Craigie said:

My three years as Scotland’s Active Nation Commissioner have been as challenging as they have been rewarding. I am proud of what has been achieved through the creation of this role, and optimistic for the work we will see in the future to increase levels of physical activity in Scotland in tangible, timely and transformative ways. We desperately need this now for a healthier, happier, fairer Scotland and as part of the answer to our shared global environmental crisis.”

Lee is a former professional mountain bike rider and co-founder of the Adventure Syndicate. The Scottish Government committed to appointing an Active Nation Commissioner in the 2017 Programme for Government, to help encourage an active nation, where more people can enjoy the benefits of accessible walking and cycling than ever before.

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