Directors are appointed to the Board because of the skills and experience they have in relation to greenspace, relevant policy areas and across a range of sectors and professional backgrounds. The composition of the Board ensures that we keep a focus on the grass roots issues affecting practical delivery of greenspace projects, as well as enabling us to work in partnership with other national organisations with related remits to ensure that greenspace is fully integrated into wider policy agendas.  The board meets quarterly. Copies of meeting agendas, board papers and minutes are available on request.

board members

David Jamieson (Chair)

David is responsible for managing Edinburgh’s public parks and greenspaces, including the city’s nature reserves, woodlands, allotments and urban forest. As Head of Edinburgh’s Parks Service he has secured a number of accolades for the city, including winner of Britain in Bloom, COSLA’s Gold Medal for Service Innovation & Improvement, the UK’s Best Parks, Grounds and Horticultural Service Team award, and Fields in Trusts’ Best UK Landowner. As a chartered ecologist and environmental manager, with degrees from Stirling, Heriot-Watt and Huddersfield Universities, his career has ranged across the public, academic and voluntary sectors. In recent years he has also been a director of Volunteer Development Scotland, BTCV Scotland, Oatridge College and the Falkirk Environment Trust - promoting volunteering as a means for positive social and environmental change

Russell McLarty

For 21 years Russell was Parish Minister in one of Glasgow’s most disadvantaged communities where he was an active chair of Royston Road Project, an ambitious arts-led community development initiative, and chair of a local community drug support project. He was Coordinator of Chance to Thrive, a 5 year pilot project of The Church of Scotland providing volunteer mentor support to 8 congregations in some of Scotland’s poorest communities to help develop local people’s ideas for regeneration. As a storyteller and part of the Scottish Storytelling Forum, Russell is interested in the stories people tell about themselves and the power of new and positive stories in community life. Initially he trained as an architect and served as a General Trustee of The Church of Scotland.

Dr Matt Lowther

Matthew has worked in the public health sphere most of his academic and professional life. He has an honours degree in Sports Science and a PhD in Exercise and Health Psychology. He started his professional life as a Health Development Manager in a local authority.  He then took up a cardiovascular disease prevention post within the Public Health Institute for Scotland before going on a three year secondment to the Scottish Government as the National Physical Activity Policy Coordinator.  He then returned to NHS Health Scotland as a Principal Public Health Adviser, specialising in the critical appraisal and synthesis of public health effectiveness evidence. He has been honorary senior lecturer at both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities and he now works for NHS Health Scotland as the Head of Service for Place and Equity.

Kirsteen Thomson

Kirsteen Thomson is a chartered Architect and Planner, and a registered Interim Manager. Currently working as a freelance consultant as Urban Tapestry, Kirsteen has extensive experience of regeneration and economic development. Previous roles include Head of Renaissance / Sustainable Regeneration Manager at the Regional Development Agency, One North East, Corporate Planning Manager and Policy to Practice Manager. Communities Scotland part of the Scottish Government, Executive Director – Edinburgh Old Town Renewal Trust, Consultant advisor to UNESCO & UNDP, and Economic Development Manager at Stirling Council.

Claire Mennim (Deputy Chair)

Claire is Team Leader for Parks and Sustainability at Falkirk Community Trust. Claire loves parks, it doesn’t matter whether they are pocket parks or if they cover hundreds of acres. Natural or formal, urban or wilderness she passionately believes they deserves investment to protect all of the benefits they provide for wildlife and people. Over the last fifteen years she has worked for a range of not for profit and public organisations, fundraising for open spaces, engaging with the communities who use them, project managing improvements and writing long term management plans. She currently works for Falkirk Community Trust managing key strategic parks and outdoor sports facilities in Falkirk.

Richard Morris (Finance Director)

Richard is a Board Trustee of Sustrans and also the Director of E-Resilience, a consultancy focussing on international strategies and commercialisation within the marine renewable energy. Prior to this, he worked as the Commercial Director at NaREC and the European Marine Energy Centre (Orkney), encouraging the build, testing and use of wave and tidal technology for the production of renewable energy, acting as a global ambassador for Scotland as it leads the way in developing marine renewable energy solutions.  With over 25 years’ experience working in the environmental and space sectors Richard has lived, worked and travelled all over the world, finally settling down to live in Scotland.

Scott Ferguson

Scott is Project Coordinator for the Seven Lochs Project, an ambitious greenspace / green network project focussed on the creation and sustainable management of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Scotland largest urban nature park, which spans the Glasgow City / North Lanarkshire Council boundary between Easterhouse, Coatbridge and Stepps. Scott began his career in environmental science, gaining a PhD in acidification of uplands, before moving into the city to work on greenspace planning and management, urban biodiversity and community involvement in environmental action and learning. He previously worked for Scottish Natural Heritage and the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership.

Steven Greig (Depute Financial Director)

Steven is Depute Chief Executive and Youthwork Manager at Youth Scotland and has worked for Youth Scotland since December 1992. He joined the organisation to deliver a newly developed programme supporting youth led community based initiatives and leading confidence and skills building residential experiences for 800+ young people.  Steven was appointed to the new post of Youth Scotland Youth Work Manager in 2000 and was promoted to the post of Depute Chief Executive in 2008.  Steven led Youth Scotland’s development of Youth Achievement Awards from their inception in 1999 and wrote the Dynamic Youth Awards in 2002.  More than 40,000 young people have now received recognition through these awards.  Steven is currently responsible for the management of the Youth Work functions of Youth Scotland providing support to its 1,200 youth groups, including Accreditation, Youth Participation, Engagement and Leadership, CashBack Small Grants Scheme, and the Young People Taking the Lead programme. Steven is currently on secondment to The Gannochy Trust.

Sue Hilder

Sue is the Outdoor Access Officer at Glasgow City Council. She has over 20 years’ experience working in outdoor access, including for the National Farmers Union of Scotland, various local and National Park authorities and the National Access Forum. Sue has a long association with environmental volunteering and was a trustee of BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers – now TCV) for 16 years and previously Vice Chair of the UK Board; she continues to be a TCV Ambassador. Sue is Secretary of Scottish Outdoor Access Network and a member of the Central Scotland Regional Forestry Forum. Sue has also trained as a ‘land artist’ and has an MA Fine Art (Environmental Sculpture).