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 at FoE Scotland in 1994. He worked on issues as diverse as climate change, bathing beaches and fish farming. He moved to become Head of Policy with WWF Scotland in 2002 and Richard became Director of WWF Scotland in July 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 January 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, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, the Edinburgh Community Solar Cooperative, Postcode Culture Trust, Postcode Equalities Trust and SNIFFER.
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.
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
Caroline joined Friends of the Earth Scotland in June 2017 after a year working as Campaigns Manager with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. As Climate and Energy Campaigner, her focus is currently on the new Climate Change Bill. Before returning to Edinburgh Caroline lived in Malta for three years, working on campaigns and communications for an environmental NGO, from a national referendum to EU level campaigns. Prior to that she worked with RSPB Scotland. Caroline originally studied Biology at the University of Edinburgh and is currently studying Environment and Development part time with the Open University. In the spare time that is left, she is often outdoors – walking, cycling, enjoying nature and trying to grow veg.
Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner
Following an undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Notingham, Emilia did an LL.M in International Law and Development at the same university. She joined Friends of the Earth Scotland in 2013 as Air Pollution Campaigner, after volunteering for the charity on access to environmental justice and the Stop Big Biomass campaign. Emilia has worked in several areas of environmental campaigning, starting out as a street fundraiser for an Australian environmental charity, working as a caseworker for the Environmental Law Foundation, and campaigning against industrial scale biofuels with Biofuelwatch. In her spare time, Emilia enjoys running, swimming, hula hooping and singing with her band ‘Kite and the Crane’.
Emilia is currently on sabbatical until May 2019.
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. Fergus joined Friends of the Earth Scotland in July 2018 – having most recently 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
Covering Emilia Hanna’s sabbatical is Gavin, who joined the staff team in September 2018. Originally from Ayrshire, he 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 joined Friends of the Earth Scotland in July 2018 with a focus on fundraising and communications. Following a degree in Anthropology at Southampton University, she moved to Scotland, initially working for Trees for Life for 4.5 years. She then worked in social care and disability charities, but is delighted to be returning to the area of environmental justice, an issue close to her heart. With a life-long interest in human behaviour, Kerrigan completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in 2017 and volunteers for 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 at the University of Glasgow, during which she focused on an interdisciplinary and creative approach to communicating climate change. She previously coordinated the environmental sustainability team at the University of Glasgow and has volunteered in environmental and social justice groups such as community kitchens, food coops and activist organisations. Kate is passionate about the outdoors and spends her weekends hiking, camping and white water kayaking around Scotland. She has worked with young people as a kayak and canoe instructor in the UK and the United States. She has been involved in YFoES as a volunteer since its formation in July 2016 and works on growing the network and supporting the volunteers in creating events, trainings and actions. She will also be working four days a week on the YFoEE network.
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 was communications co-ordinator for the IUCN UK Peatland Programme. She has also worked in a voluntary capacity 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 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 2017) are listed below.
Paul Daly, Co-Chair
Elli Kontorravdis, Co-Chair
Trina Pirnie-Hallberg, Treasurer
Ben Murray, Secretary
Other Board members