Yvonne Crook and Karl Rosie

Councillor Karl Rosie joins CPLG

Photograph: Highland Tourism CIC Chairperson Yvonne Crook and Cllr Karl Rosie to form bridge between tourism and renewable energy sectors


Highland Tourism CIC has welcomed the Chair of Highland Council’s Climate Change Committee to its ground breaking leadership group which links tourism and renewable energy as part of the transition to net zero carbon emissions.


Councillor Karl Rosie, who represents Thurso and Northwest Caithness at the Highland Council, will contribute to innovative solutions for Highland Tourism CIC’s sustainable tourism strategy and help to grow links between the tourism and renewable energy industries.

Highland Tourism CIC Co-founder and Chairperson, Yvonne Crook, said: “We are delighted to welcome Cllr Rosie to our Climate Positive Leadership group. With his expertise and experience in the energy industry and with his new climate change role at Highland Council, he has much to offer as we seek to implement our vision for the Highland region to become one of the World’s Leading Sustainable Destinations. He lends his support at a time when we have established international support along with the backing of over 80 Tourism Ambassadors and 15 Highland communities.

“We are going from strength to strength and Karl will be pivotal in helping us to prepare a sustainable tourism strategy, which will be the first for the Highlands since 2014.”

Cllr Karl Rosie said: “This is a visionary initiative with a large scale private investment from the community. There is no doubt this is the right initiative at the right time. I am looking forward to playing my part in driving the Highlands forward as a world leading sustainable destination and linking it strongly with the renewable, green energy sector.”

George Baxter, a director of Highland Tourism who also leads the organisation’s Climate Positive Leadership Group, said: “Karl is an excellent addition to our group. I’m delighted as he will bring energy and experience, and he wants to get things done. I look forward to working with Karl to accelerate action to build a sustainable economy with renewables and tourism working together hand in hand.”

Highland Tourism CIC has a number of private sector supporters and has attracted significant private sector investment of over £250k, including funding from its main sponsor, the award-winning Tomatin Distillery which this year confirmed a major three-year commitment. The funding will ensure progress for the Highland Tourism CIC’s roadmap for sustainable tourism in the region.