Staff

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 Richard Dixon

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, Membership and Office Manager

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 Hughes

Connal has a BSc Psychology and MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Queens University Belfast. He volunteered with Friends of the Earth 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 generally ensures the technical expertise of campaigners is communicated in a way that makes sense to the outside world. He enjoys complaining about Northern Irish politics and going to festivals. @FoEScot

Caroline Rance, Climate and Energy Campaigner

Caroline joined FoE Scotland in 2017 and has spent most of this time focused on improving Scotland’s new Climate Change Bill to ensure that Scotland delivers our fair share of action in the face of the climate crisis. Her role involves policy and advocacy work, to working with activists and local groups. Caroline sits on the campaign steering group of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) coalition, and co-chairs the coalition’s policy & advocacy group. @carorance

Fergus Boden, Parliamentary Officer

Fergus graduated with a BA Hons Public Relations and Marketing from Queen Margaret University, before going on to develop experience working in not-for-profit public affairs and communications. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth Scotland, Fergus worked on campaigns in the higher and further education sector. A close follower of Scottish politics, Fergus enjoys supporting campaigners and members of the public to influence events within Holyrood. Outside of work, his interests include running, the outdoors, and cooking.

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

Kerrigan Bell, Development Manager

Kerrigan’s focus 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 Whitaker

Kate has a MLitt in Environment, Culture and Communication from the University of Glasgow where she coordinated the environmental sustainability team, and has volunteered in community kitchens, food co-ops and activist organisations. Kate spends her weekends hiking, camping and kayaking and has worked as a kayak and canoe instructor in the UK and the United States. She was involved in YFoES as a volunteer since 2016 and now works on growing the network and supporting volunteers in creating events, trainings and actions.

Lipa Hussain, Administrative Assistant

Lipa joined FoE Scotland in 2019 and is part of the admin and membership team. She is originally from Edinburgh and a proud resident of this city. She has had roles both working and volunteering in other third sector organisations. She enjoys being able to contribute to, and being a part of a greater purpose, by working in the third sector. When she is not working, she enjoys film making, watching documentaries and tutoring in her free time.

Mary Church, Head of Campaigns Mary Church

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 Friends of the Earth Edinburgh local group and he is a Convenor of Edinburgh World Justice Festival. He spends part of his week 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 and works with FoE Scotland as Sustainable Economy Advisor.

Rebecca Curtis-Moss, Digital and Events Fundraiser

Rebecca is an experienced fundraising, communications an engagement professional with a love of all things digital. She’s passionate about small charities and has helped a wide variety of organisations be the best they can be in her career thus far. She leads on our social media output, our attendance at external events as well as supporting our community fundraising. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with her pyjama-clad rescue greyhounds, Toby and Ellie.

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 in Journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University before working as a broadcast journalist at Central FM and as press officer in the arts sector. Sarah is the Chair of Plastic Free Scotland, a network which encourages people to ditch single-use plastics and sits on the Scottish Food Coalition. Sarah enjoys reviewing theatre shows and finding the latest vegan food. @moyesy

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 2019) are listed below.

Executive Committee

Iain Black, Chair

Trina Pirnie-Hallberg, Treasurer

Ben Murray, Secretary

Other Board members

Zarina Ahmad

Mark Ballard

Louise Bowen

Ian Cowan

Rowan Gard

Amanda Grimm

Rachel Howell

Gregor McAbery

Máire McCormack

Heather Urquhart