Our current staff list is below. You can telephone us on 0131 243 2700 or email us using our online contact form. Please note that several of our staff work part time, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Dr Richard Dixon, Director
After a PhD in Astrophysics and an energy and environment MSc at Glasgow Caledonian University, Richard worked for CSV and Strathclyde Regional Council. He was appointed Head of Research with FoE Scotland in 1994, working on issues as diverse as climate change, bathing beaches and fish farming. He became Head of Policy at WWF Scotland in 2002 and then its Director in 2005. He helped set up Transform Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition. In 2013, Richard became Director of FoE Scotland. He serves on the boards of SEPA, Postcode Culture Trust and Postcode Equalities Trust. In July 2019, Richard was awarded an honorary degree in recognition of his services to sustainability from Edinburgh Napier University. @Richard_Dixon
Alice Johnston, Head of Operations
Alice hails from Germany. She has a diploma in language studies English, French and Spanish and spent her first life working in the private sector in Germany before returning to University in 2000. She studied Information Science and Business Administration at the University of Applied Science, Cologne. She enjoys travelling and the outdoors and her spare time activities include gardening, herbalism, walking and yoga. She is interested in culture and art, especially independent music and film. @my_stripy_socks
Connal Hughes, Communications Officer
Connal has a BSc Psychology and MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Queens University Belfast. He volunteered with FoE Northern Ireland for 18 months and spent six months in Brussels in the FoE Europe office as a communications intern. He works on social media, press releases and helps to ensure the technical expertise of campaigners is communicated in accesssible ways. He enjoys complaining about Northern Irish politics and going to festivals. @FoEScot
Caroline Rance, Climate and Energy Campaigner
Caroline joined in 2017 from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland where she was Campaigns Manager. She spent several years working on improving Scotland’s new Climate Change Act and leads our work on COVID-19 recovery, co-ordinating the Just and Green Recovery Scotland civil society coalition, Her role spans from policy development and political advocacy, to working with activists and local groups. @carorance
Eilidh Stanners, Communications Officer
Eilidh joined the team in April 2021, and focuses on getting the message out about our air pollution and plastics campaigns through the media and our digital channels. Previously, she worked at People’s Postcode Lottery, sharing stories of the environmental and international projects that were funded by the lottery. Outside of work, Eilidh is a trustee at Craigmillar Literacy Trust. She enjoys reading, yoga and is looking forward to the post-pandemic return of live music.
Flick Monk, Glasgow Climate Summit Logistics Co-ordinator
Flick is helping to coordinate logistics for the various actions and events around the United Nations climate change summit (COP26) happening in Glasgow in November 2020. She’s also currently writing a thesis on energy democracy as part of her MA in Environmental Studies, Advocacy and Sustainability at Antioch University in New Hampshire. Previously, she worked at FoES on unconventional gas and divestment, supporting in particular the anti-fracking campaign in 2017. She loves identifying trees and visiting gothic cathedrals. @flick_monk
Gavin Thomson, Air Pollution Campaigner
Originally from Ayrshire, Gavin was a campaigner in London for many years, working on social justice and public health issues. He was the Healthy Air campaigner at ClientEarth, who have a long-running legal case against the UK Government. Gavin recently completed an MSc in Urban Policy, focusing on the links between transport, planning, and health. He likes Joni Mitchell enormously. He is very approachable and almost certainly wants to hear your ideas and questions about air pollution. On twitter, he can be found at: @GavinThomson
Jess Cowell, Climate Campaigner
Jess graduated with a BA Hons in Media, Culture and Society and more recently completed an MSc in Soil Science and Sustainability. Jess currently campaigns around climate policy and leads our work on False Solutions which includes Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) and fossil hydrogen. Jess is a passionate eco-feminist, queer cinema enthusiast and loves all things witchy.
Kerrigan Bell, Head of Development and Communications
Kerrigan’s focus at Friends of the Earth Scotland is fundraising and communications. Following a degree in Anthropology at Southampton University, she worked at Trees for Life in Morayshire for 4.5 years. She then held marketing and fundraising roles including at Oxford University Press and Royal Blind. Kerrigan has a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and volunteers at a mental health charity in her spare time. Kerrigan also loves hillwalking, running, yoga and meditation.
Kate Whitaker, Activism Organiser
Kate supports local groups, communities and activists working towards climate and environmental justice across Scotland. Previously, she worked on network development for Young FoE Europe co-ordinating international exchange projects, campaigns and trainings. She is interested in popular education, community organising, movement building, as well as bagging Munros and playing guitar in her feminist punk band.
Mary Church, Head of Campaigns
Mary has worked at FoE Scotland since 2008 and as Head of Campaigns since 2013, leading on unconventional gas and fracking and environmental justice work. Following a History degree at the University of Glasgow, she did an MSc in Environment and Development at Edinburgh University. Mary has worked for the Scottish Government, and as Communications Co-ordinator for the IUCN UK Peatland Programme. She sits on the board of Changeworks and likes cycling and snorkelling. @mmachch
Matthew Crighton, Sustainable Economy Advisor
Matthew Crighton helps co-ordinate the Foe Edinburgh local group and is a Convenor of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival. He is on the Just Transition Partnership, which was formed by FoE Scotland and the STUC in 2016. Membership includes Unite Scotland, UNISON Scotland and others. He first became involved as International Officer of his UNISON branch. He first became involved as International Officer of his UNISON branch. He works as an associate of the Learning and Work Institute and works with FoE Scotland as Sustainable Economy Advisor.
Ric Lander, Divestment Campaigner
Ric has campaigned with Scottish activist groups and national networks on climate change for some years, including working with Friends of the Earth members and staff on fracking, fossil fuel finance and the Independence referendum. He has an MSc in Environment and Development and writes and researches climate change and democracy. Since 2014, Ric has lead our work campaigning for investors and institutions to break their ties with fossil fuel companies.
Ryan Morrison, Just Transition Campaigner
Ryan joined FoE Scotland in 2019 after 18 months working for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. From Paisley with family ties to Middlesbrough, he’s spent several years campaigning on youth representation, nuclear disarmament and ending austerity. After studying Law at the University of Strathclyde, Ryan did a masters in International Relations at Durham University. Ryan loves talking about industrial and energy strategy, workers rights and how we can move to a fairer society while shifting away from dependancy on fossil fuels.
Sarah Moyes, Plastic and Circular Economy Campaigner
Sarah joined FoE Scotland in 2019 after several years working at OneKind on issues such as fox hunting and grouse moor management. She graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism before working as a broadcast journalist at Central FM and as press officer in the arts sector. Sarah enjoys reviewing theatre shows and finding the latest vegan food. @moyesy
Sally-Anne Dunn, HR Manager
Sally-Anne joined FoES in 2020, after working at the Church of Scotland, Medecins sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders, and as a freelance HR consultant and coach. She has a BA in Architecture, an MA in Personnel and Development, and a cycling proficiency badge. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering with the Green Team, cycle touring and mountain biking, chilly sea swimming, and singing.
Wing Yen Yip, Administrative Assistant
Wing Yen Yip also known as Winnie, joined FoE Scotland in 2014. Born and raised in Edinburgh, she spent some years in Kelso in the Scottish Borders, and has roots in Hong Kong. She has volunteered with a variety of charitable organisations in the past, from recycling furniture to helping blind and partially sighted people. When not working and volunteering Winnie enjoys trying many different hobbies and activities from reading and baking to travelling.
Current Board members
Our current Board members (updated June 2021) are listed below.
Mark Ballard, Co-Chair
Laura Curtis-Moss, Co-Chair
Louise Bowen, Secretary
Other Board members