Our current staff team and Board members are listed below. You can telephone us on 0131 243 2700 or email us using our online contact form. Please note that some of us are part-time and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Florence Garabedian, Interim CEO  Florence Garabedian

Florence arrived in FoES in September 2023 and is leading the organisation until the appointment of a permanent Director. Although she is not a specialist in the Environmental Field, Florence is using her experience in executive positions and leadership to work on a part-time basis with the FoES Team towards enabling the implementation of the 2024-26 Strategy. Through working with the staff and the Board, she very much enjoys supporting the organisation, and people within it, to make the most of the current transition period.

Alison Ritchie, Head of Operations Alison Ritchie

Alison’s focus is on operations, including finance, HR and membership. Before joining Friends of the Earth Scotland she worked in hospitality, managing hotels in Scotland, France and Switzerland, but was very excited at the chance to work for a charity campaigning on environment issues. She lives in Pitlochry, where she volunteers for local nature restoration projects planting trees and clearing Himalayan balsam. In her spare time she enjoys reading, and walking and canoeing with her dog.


Alex Lee, Climate Campaigner  

Alex’s work focuses on a just phase out of oil and gas that does not rely on speculative carbon capture technologies (CCS) and fossil hydrogen. They have a BA (hons) in Media, Culture and Society and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Soil Science. Outside of work Alex enjoys miniature painting, cinema, and analogue photography.



Anny Morel, Membership and Finance Officer

Anny joined FoE Scotland in 2021. Born in Switzerland, she enjoys travelling and discovering the beauty of Scotland. Anny’s background is in hospitality where she worked as a Store Manager for Costa Coffee. She is passionate about providing great customer service and is excited to be working for FoE Scotland. When she is not working, Anny enjoys spending time with her partner and two children. During lockdown Anny discovered  calligraphy and brush lettering and has been practising ever since.


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 Climate Change Act, lead on our work on COVID-19 recovery, co-ordinating the Just and Green Recovery Scotland civil society coalition. She is now Oil & Gas Campaign Lead and her role spans from policy development and political advocacy, to working with activists and local groups. @carorance

Catrina Randall, Young Friends of the Earth Scotland Network Co-ordinator

Catrina supports our youth network, Young FoES, helping young people with the skills and resources they need to take climate action in their communities. Catrina has an MA in Geography and an MSc in Environment, Culture and Society. She previously worked for an environmental community project in Edinburgh and was involved in youth climate activism and anti fossil fuel campaigning before coordinating YFoES. In her spare time Catrina is interested in sci-fi and fantasy novels, following Scottish women’s football, and community organising.


Connal Hughes, Communications Manager Connal Hughes

Connal has a 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 watching football, yoga and watching comedy.




Eilidh Stanners, Communications Officer

Eilidh joined Friends of the Earth Scotland in 2021 and leads the communications for our transport, circular economy and divestment campaigns, including media, web content and social media. She also edits our member’s magazine What on Earth which is sent out to all of our members three times a year. Previously, she worked at People’s Postcode Lottery, sharing stories of the environmental and international projects that were funded by the lottery.

Fiona Ogg, Senior People Manager

Fiona’s focus is on the people at FoES and enabling them to deliver the FoES mission. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has extensive HR, leadership and charity board experience. She is also a well-being coach and trained in reiki energy healing. Originally from Dundee she now lives by the sea on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Freya Aitchison, Oil & Gas Activism Officer

Freya joined FoES in 2022 as maternity cover for the oil and gas campaigner position, and is now back as an activism officer for oil and gas. She worked extensively on the campaign to stop the Rosebank oil field and can often be seen carrying large paper maché structures around Edinburgh. In her spare time, Freya coordinates a climate action group in Argyll, where she grew up. When she is not doing any of these things, you can find her in a tent, up a mountain or in the sea!

Imogen Dow, Head of Campaigns

Imogen joined in February 2024 as our interim Head of Campaigns, coming to us from Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where she led their Warm Homes campaign. Her background spans Policy, Advocacy and Campaigning with a strong focus on project management and campaign delivery. She has worked in both the energy and climate sectors as well as in nature conservation and has an MSc in Sustainable Development. New to Edinburgh, outside of work Imogen will be exploring the music scene, and enjoying the many beautiful green spaces with her collie called Olwen.

Kate Whitaker, Activism Organiser Kate Whitaker

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.

Kim Pratt, Circular Economy Campaigner

Kim is from London and moved to Scotland to study Environmental Management and Protection. Her work focuses on material and waste research in a policy context and has included developing the Scottish Carbon Metric (a national indicator for measuring the carbon impacts of waste). She is a guest lecturer at Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities on Life Cycle Analysis, a technique used to measure and compare environmental impacts of products and systems. Outside of work, Kim enjoys reading sci-fi and feminist novels. @kimpratt


Malachy Clarke, Public Affairs Manager

Originally from Belfast, Malachy moved to Glasgow in 2009 to study Politics, followed by an MSc in Political Communication. He has worked in and around Scottish Politics ever since. Malachy works on maintaining political relationships, representing FoES to external political organisations and managing FoES political output. Outside of work Malachy enjoys tabletop gaming and watching American Football. @malachyclarke


Matthew Crighton, Sustainable Economy Advisor

Matthew 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 works as an associate of the Learning and Work Institute.


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 financial ties with fossil fuel companies.


Rosie Hampton, Just Transition Campaigner

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Rosie joined the team in March 2023 to campaign for a just transition for workers and communities, working closely with our trade union partners. She is currently finishing a PhD in Geography at the University of Glasgow, which examines left-wing spaces and political organising in 1970s and 1980s Britain. Rosie also organises with her local Living Rent branch in Partick. Outside of work and politics, she enjoys swimming, playing piano, and going to gigs. @rosiehampton_

Scott Herrett, Just Transition Organiser

Originally from Grimsby, Scott worked in construction for 15 years before completing a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh. He lives in Aberdeen and previously work as a social environmental researcher. Along the way climate and social justice activism has been a big part of Scott’s life, and so is rock climbing. When Scott is not working on building a people-led Just Transition movement in the North East, he can often be found clinging to some Aberdeenshire sea cliff.

Susan Scott, Administrative Assistant

Susan was delighted to join the FOES operational team in 2023. She comes to us with a rich background including experience of environmental policy, corporate governance, finance, recruitment, customer service and her Life Science degree. Susan is from Edinburgh and is passionate about this amazing city, particularly the fantastic green spaces. When she is not working, she can probably be found outdoors photographing everything, walking, exploring Scotland or delighting in growing flowers and organic veggies.

Current Board members

Our current Board members (updated October 2023).

Executive Committee

Mark Ballard, Chair

Catherine Lyons, Treasurer

Other Board members

Ery McPartland

Duncan Wallace

Rona Hardie

Stewart Kirkpatrick