Douglas is CLA North Policy and Public Affairs Director. He is from an Aberdeenshire farming family, graduated from the University of Aberdeen and trained as an animal nutritionist. Douglas held technical and management positions in the agricultural supply industry for 20 years. He joined the CLA in 2001.
Douglas is a Governor of Myerscough College, and has been Chairman of Cumbria Fells & Dales RDPE Local Action Group and Vice Chairman of the North West Rural Affairs Forum.
He and his wife own a small farm near Appleby-in-Westmorland keeping Herdwick sheep and free-range poultry, and where he has helped his wife to form Learning Fields, a Community Interest Company offering educational and environmental opportunities to groups and individuals of all ages and abilities. Learning Fields now includes FarmHands, a Care Farming enterprise. He is also a member of Eden Time Bank.