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. He also chairs the Government’s Grow Your Own Working Group. 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

Sheila Beck (Deputy Chair)

Until her retirement, Sheila was Principal Public Health Adviser in NHS Health Scotland where she held a portfolio for working on place and health. She was a member of the steering group for the GoWell study which seeks to evaluate the health impacts of housing improvement and housing led regeneration in Glasgow. Sheila led the issue framing dimension of the Good Places, Better Health initiative which sought to influence policy areas outwith health to improve the places in which children live to improve their health. 

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. His present post is as 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

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Kirsteen Thomson

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Claire Mennim
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
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 Park Manager for the Seven Lochs project.

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Steven Greig
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.

Sue Hilder
Sue is Access Officer with Glasgow City Council.

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