MEET OUR BOARD & 2050 STAFF

Overseeing the development and operations of the 2050 Climate Group are our Board of Trustees, our Operations Manager and our Engagement and Information Assistant. Find out more about each of our trustees and employees below.

2050 BOARD

RICHARD DRYBURGH

Chair of the 2050 Climate Group

Richard is currently working as the Resource Efficiency Manager for Changeworks Recycling, a business recycling social enterprise which is part of the environmental charity Changeworks. Richard manages the account management team and leads a project consulting with clients on resource efficiency projects.

KERRY-ANNE MCKAY

 Vice Chair of the 2050 Climate Group

Kerry-Anne has an MSc in Engineering Project Management and works as a Change Manager for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSE). She has experience of designing and implementing both process and organisational change across a portfolio of major electrical infrastructure projects, and spent her early career supporting development of onshore wind farms in Scotland.

CATRIONA MALLOWS
Catriona currently works for HISEZ, a community interest company that supports and develops social enterprises across the Highlands and Islands. She has a degree in Social Anthropology, and a background in community-development, social business and outdoor recreation. Her work specifically involves community consultation, business advice and the delivery of outreach projects across the region.
CATRIONA PATTERSON
Catriona currently works as the Green Arts Project Manager for Creative Carbon Scotland and Environment Officer for the Edinburgh Festivals. Aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the cultural sector, whilst exploring the role of the arts in driving wider societal sustainability, she has a background in international sustainable development.
ELIZABETH DIRTH
Elizabeth was previously Vice Chair of the group from 2014 to 2016 and Chair of the group until early 2017.  She currently works as a consultant focussing her work on climate change policy, strategy and public engagement.  Elizabeth is also currently pursuing an MSc in Sustainable Development.  Prior to this Elizabeth worked for Keep Scotland Beautiful on delivering climate action in the public sector and in communities across Scotland.
ELLIE MURTAGH
Ellie is a PhD student at the Institute for Future Cities at the University of Strathclyde researching urban climate resilience. Previously worked at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on the International Climate Fund (ICF), the UK government’s commitment to assist developing countries with climate adaptation, low carbon development and forestry and prior to this was employed as a junior sales geophysicist for ARKeX, a geophysical service provider.
JANE MORRISON
Jane is Executive Officer to SEPA’s Chief Executive Officer, providing critical support to the CEO’s leadership of the organisation by co-ordinating the preparation of briefings and presentation material. Jane also provides advice and support to the CEO on a range of matters and strategic issues. Jane has a degree in biology and a background in regulation, ecological research, public engagement and project planning in the environmental sector.
KATY SYME
Employed by the environmental charity Changeworks as a Researcher in the Consultancy team to work on a range of research projects, particularly related to energy and sustainability. Katy designs, delivers and analyses surveys, interviews and focus groups to gather quantitative and qualitative data.
LOWRI WALKER
Lowri is a solicitor in Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP’s Property & Infrastructure Group. She specialises in commercial property and energy law with a particular focus on renewable energy. Lowri has previously worked for the Scottish Government Legal Directorate and was involved in drafting primary and secondary legislation.
LYNETTE PURVES
Lynette is a lawyer at Burness Paull, specialising in Renewable Energy and Commercial Property. Her work includes advising developers, landowners and funders on onshore wind, offshore wind, solar and hydro projects. 
MIKE ELM
Mike works for Creative Carbon Scotland as their Digital Communications Officer and is on the Management committee of the Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre. Currently fulfilling the 2050 Climate Group’s moustachioed minority commitment, Mike is also known for his snorkeling, table tennis and cycle adventures. Mike was Vice Chair of the group from 2016-2017.
REBECCA DeVIVO
Rebecca is interested in climate change communication and culture shift. She has a Masters in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh where she undertook research on the role of music to communicate climate change. She volunteered with RSGS to produce and design the ‘Young Geographer‘ magazine and is part of the St Gilgen Climate Collective, a European network of young climate change communicators. She currently works at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as a Flooding Communications Officer.
RYAN McROBERT
Ryan is currently EU Engagement Team Leader at the Scottish Government focused on strengthening Scotland’s bilateral relationships with member states. He has worked in various roles within government, including as International Climate Change Policy Adviser during COP20 and COP21. In his spare time, Ryan is completing a Masters in International Public Policy from Strathclyde University.
SARAH KNIGHT
Sarah is a Consultant Analyst for low carbon energy at LTS International. She has an MSc in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh and previously worked as a Research Analyst for an Environmental Consultancy.

2050 STAFF

SOPHIE EASTWOOD
2050 Operations Manager
Sophie has over 6 years’ experience in project management, partnership working and community engagement and an MSc in Environmental Management. She was part of the Climate Generation Programme run by the British Council Global Action Plan and delivers conservation education sessions for the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland. Her particular interests are climate change impacts on biodiversity.
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AOIFE HUTTON
Engagement & Information Assistant
A graduate in Ecology and Environmental Science, Aoife has worked on a broad range of projects – from quantifying the greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture to tracking population ecology of New Zealand sealions. In her spare time, she has co-ordinated actions with 350.org and Oil Free Otago and is particularly interested in community based climate resilience. 
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