SCCS is governed by a Board, members of which are elected by our coalition members. Our current board members are:
Tom Ballantine, Chair of the Board
Tom Ballantine has been on the board of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland since 2007. He has been chair of their board since June 2010. Before taking on his current role Tom worked as a lawyer and mediator in Edinburgh where he headed a multiple award winning family law team and co-authored two books on family law. He left his legal work in 2010 to concentrate on campaigning on climate change. Tom has maintained an interest in environmental issues throughout his adult life. He is also on the board of the Open Seas Trust.
Una has been a board member of SCCS for seven years. She has worked mainly in policy and lobbying for various national NGOs and universities, including Christian Aid, The Open University in Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland and Universities Scotland although she also spent two years working for a conservation and development NGO in Zimbabwe. More recently Una has combined writing a novel with freelance/short term contract work with organisations such as Crisis, Scotland's Futures Forum, The Open University and Universities Scotland.
Teresa Bray has been Chief Executive of Changeworks for 10 years. Changeworks is a leading environmental charity in Scotland which develops and delivers high impact solutions that make low carbon life a positive reality for everyone. Teresa is an accountant by trade. Having trained as an accountant in the private sector she joined the social housing sector in 1988 in London moving back to Scotland in 2001 Finance Director of SCVO. Teresa has been a Board Member of Stop Climate Chaos for six years.
Dr Richard Dixon
After a PhD in Astrophysics and an energy and environment MSc, Richard worked for CSV and Strathclyde Regional Council. He was appointed Head of Research at FoE Scotland in 1994. He moved to become Head of Policy with WWF Scotland in 2002 and Director in 2005. He helped set up Transform Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos 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, Postcode Culture Trust, Postcode Equalities Trust and SNIFFER.
Alistair Dutton is the Director of SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund. A chartered engineer with six years’ experience in the chemical industry on ICI’s sister site to Grangemouth in Huddersfield, Alistair studied physics at the University of Durham and philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford. Alistair has worked in international humanitarian relief and development for over twenty years, during which time he has worked in over forty countries. After working for SCIAF’s sister agency in England and Wales (CAFOD) and Christian Aid, Alistair spent five years as Humanitarian Director for Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of 164 Catholic aid agencies, and was interim Director of The Sphere Project, which sets standards for humanitarian aid delivery.
Dr Sam Gardner
Dr Sam Gardner is the Acting Director of WWF Scotland and has been the Head of Policy for WWF Scotland for the last four years. He currently manages the Scotland team with overall responsibility for the organisations profile and impact in Scotland. Current focus is on securing the full implementation of Scotland’s Climate Change Act, the growth of renewable energy and the sustainable management of our marine environment. Sam was previously the Climate and Energy Policy Officer for WWF Scotland working on the passage of the first Climate Bill and leading working on electric vehicles, renewable heat and opposition to new coal power in Scotland. Sam is on the board Scottish Environment LINK. Before joining WWF in 2007 Sam worked for SEPA and for RSPB Scotland. He has a PhD from UCL and a First Class Ecology Hons degree from Edinburgh University.
Chris Hegarty leads Christian Aid’s advocacy, communications and education team in Scotland. He chairs SCCS’ International Group – looking at how climate change affects people across the world (and what we can do about it), as well as how Scotland’s work on climate change can have influence beyond our shores. He was the inaugural chair of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and was on the board of the Trade Justice Movement for several years. Before moving into international development, Chris spent 10 years as a fund manager running pension funds and investment trusts, including responsible investment funds.
Dr Jeremy Kidwell
Dr Jeremy Kidwell is a lecturer in theological ethics at the University of Birmingham (formerly at University of Edinburgh 2013-2016). In his research Jeremy explores the ethical issues which lie at the intersection of “nature” and “culture” including work on ecological ethics and activist studies. He was part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers studying the Eco-Congregation Scotland network (2013-2017) and is part of the Transition Research network team. Prior to his academic work, Jeremy worked as an engineer and trainer in telecommunications and information technology and he continues to provide consulting services on network security, infrastructure, and the use of information technology in teaching and learning.
Jamie was appointed Head of Oxfam Scotland in late 2013 having joined as Campaigns & Communications Manager in 2011. Jamie was previously a print & broadcast journalist, including Political Correspondent on STV News. In his current role, he oversees Oxfam's policy, campaigns and communications in Scotland, as well the domestic programme. Jamie plays a leading role within the Disasters Emergency Committee in Scotland. He became a Director of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in 2014.
Liz Marquis was employed in 1997 as the first member of staff to develop the Energy Agency in south west Scotland. Liz is now Director of the Energy Agency and there are 35 full time staff. The award winning charity helps households, businesses and communities, to use energy wisely and work towards sustainability. Liz’s background in domestic heating, community woodlands, organic farming and the health sector leads to the development and delivery of many exciting projects. The innovative NHS research work, now in its fifth year, linking health and housing is a good example of Liz’s passion to demonstrate the links across all strands of sustainability - economy, wellbeing, housing, education and the natural environment. The research and practical work ensures high quality information is available for policy decisions.
Mike is the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS). He has worked in the Scottish charity sector for the last 25 years, initially with RSPB as Head of Marketing, and later with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh as Director of Development. Mike has held more than 40 board/advisory roles, mostly for environment and human rights bodies, including as previous Chair of SCCS. He sits on the Government Forums for Air Passenger Duty & Scotrail, and is heavily involved in promoting climate change solutions. He has experience in all aspects of organisational structure, funding & finance, project delivery and strategic & constitutional change. He holds two Honorary Fellowships and several awards for his services to the environment.
Aedán is a chartered town planner and has led the RSPB Scotland planning team for 10 years, having previously worked in the public sector and in consultancy. Aedán and the team at RSPB Scotland have worked on some of Scotland’s most high profile and contentious planning cases, including all major energy projects proposed in Scotland over the last 10 years and many other major infrastructure projects. Aedán has particular experience of reconciling wildlife and climate impacts plans and projects and in working with governments and public and private sectors to further climate and wider environmental objectives.