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 2011, WWF Scotland won the Great Places to Work Award for best charity workplace in Scotland. In 2013, Richard became Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, where he continues to work on energy and climate issues, as well as air quality. He serves on the boards of SEPA, Postcode Culture Trust and Postcode Equalities Trust and is the former chair of the Edinburgh Community Solar Cooperative. 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 and graduated with a 2:1 from 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 completed a BSc Psychology and MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development at 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 ensuring the technical expertise of campaigners is communicated in a way that makes sense to the outside world. When not working he enjoys complaining about Northern Irish politics, exploring Edinburgh and going to festivals. @FoEScot

Caroline Rance, Climate Campaigner

Currently focussed 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. This ranges from 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. Joined Friends of the Earth Scotland in June 2017. @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 is currently studying 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 has a MLitt in Environment, Culture and Communication from the University of Glasgow where she focused on interdisciplinary and creative approaches to communicating climate change. She coordinated the environmental sustainability team at the University, and has volunteered in environmental and social justice groups such as community kitchens, food co-ops and activist organisations. Passionate about the outdoors, Kate spends her weekends hiking, camping and kayaking around Scotland. She has worked with young people as a kayak and canoe instructor in the UK and the United States. She was involved in YFoES as a volunteer since its formation in 2016 and now works on growing the network and supporting volunteers in creating events, trainings and actions.

Mary Church, Head of Campaigns

Mary has worked at Friends of the Earth Scotland since 2008 and as Head of Campaigns since 2013. She currently leads on unconventional gas and fracking and access to environmental justice work. Following a History degree at the University of Glasgow, she did an MSc in Environment and Development at Edinburgh University’s Centre for the study of Environmental Change and Sustainability. Mary has worked for the Scottish Government, as a travel planning consultant and as Communications Co-ordinator for the IUCN UK Peatland Programme. She has volunteered for Transform Scotland, and currently sits on the board of Changeworks. She likes cycling and snorkelling. @mmachch

Matthew Crighton, Climate Jobs Campaigner

Matthew Crighton is Convenor of Edinburgh World Justice Festival. He first became involved as International Officer of his UNISON branch. Since then he has been Co-ordinator of Friends of the Earth Edinburgh. He works as an associate of the Learning and Work Institute and volunteers as Climate Jobs Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Rebecca Curtis-Moss, Digital and Events Fundraiser

Rebecca is an experienced fundraising, communications and 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. 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.

Wing Yen Yip, Administrative Assistant

Wing Yen Yip also known as Winnie, began working at FOES from April 2014. Born and raised in Edinburgh, a couple of years at the start in Kelso, Scottish Borders, and with roots to 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