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.
Mary has been Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) since 2012, and with the organisation as a campaigner before that. She leads FoES's fracking campaign, as well as work on environmental rights and just transition. Over the years she has been in various SCCS working groups, and has represented both FoES and SCCS at several UNFCCC Conferences of the Parties, including Paris. She actively participates in other member-led networks including Scottish Environment LINK, and has also been on the Board of Changeworks since 2012.
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.
Gina Hanrahan has been Acting Head of Policy at WWF Scotland since 2017. She has particular expertise in climate policy and governance and electricity policy. Before joining the tartan pandas in 2013 as Climate and Energy Policy Manager, Gina was Senior Climate and Energy Policy Analyst at The Institute of International and European Affairs, Ireland’s leading independent think tank, and previously worked for the Irish Parliamentary Service and European Commission. She has an M.Sc. in Environmental Policy from Oxford University and an M.A. in European Studies from University College Dublin.
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.
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.
Jess Pepper is a Mum, climate advocate and Climate Reality leader/mentor, trained by Al Gore in 2013. She is actively involved in community action on climate change, especially through local Climate Cafe founded in 2015, and supports other Climate Cafes to share ideas and connect. Jess has worked for environmental NGOs including Scottish Environment LINK and WWF Scotland, and with SCCS on the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. As the Act went through the Scottish Parliament, she worked with The Children’s Parliament on a project enabling children to contribute to the legislative process. An independent public affairs consultant and trained facilitator for Carbon Conversations, Jess continues to support and work with children and young leaders taking action for their community and future.
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.
Kirstie Shirra has almost two decades of promoting environmental and development issues in Scotland. She worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland, the Association for the Conservation of Energy and as Head of Campaigns for the World Development Movement (now Global Justice Now) before turning freelance in 2009. Since that time she has aided numerous organisations to further their social and environmental aims. Kirstie has previously sat on the boards of Scottish Education and Action for Development, Jubilee Scotland, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Lochaber Environmental Group and was a founding director of Take One Action. She is currently the Chair of the West Ardnamurchan Development Company pursuing a local energy strategy. Based in the Highlands, Kirstie also runs a local micro-bakery and writes walking articles.
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.