MEET OUR BOARD

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

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 Projects and Festivals Environmental Sustainability Officer for Creative Carbon Scotland, and Environment Officer for Festivals Edinburgh. Aiming to reduce the environmental impact of the arts sector, whilst exploring the opportunities for the Arts to provoke wider cultural change regarding sustainability.
CHRIS PALMER
Chris works as a sustainability advisor for Beyond Green, and is also based in the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation running TravelHUB, a startup that is developing an online tool for managing business travel more sustainably. Chris was Vice Chair of the group from 2016-2017.
 
DAVID HOGG
Technical Manager at Bright Green Hydrogen, running The Levenmouth Community Energy Project in Fife. David’s work on the LCEP won the Innovator Award at the 2016 Young Professionals in Green Energy Awards. His work involves system design, hydrogen training & education and research & development.
DAVID TOWNSEND
Founder & MD at Town Rock Energy, Scotland’s first geothermal energy company. David has been pushing forward Scotland’s nascent geothermal energy sector for three years, recently completing four major feasibility studies for the very-low-carbon heating technology. 
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.
GILLIAN GIBSON
Gillian currently works with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Scotland office as Project Administrator; helping engage and assist the tertiary education sector on sustainability and carbon reduction issues through communications and events.
IAN MACK

Treasurer

Ian is a solicitor in Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP’s Planning and Environment Group. Ian specialises in contentious and non-contentious planning, environmental and compulsory purchase matters across the UK, predominantly in the energy and infrastructure sector.  Ian is currently on secondment to ScottishPower Renewables.
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 at MacRoberts LLP and is a member of their Energy, Resources and Transport department. She specialises in commercial property and energy law with a particular focus on renewable energy law. During her training Lowri 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. 
MARK BIESTA
Mark is a civil engineer working for AECOM, a global engineering consultancy. His work involves flood protection schemes, reservoirs and fish passes (among other water-related things).
MIKE ELM
Project Officer for the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, working to use the concept of natural capital to translate the value of nature to decision makers from government, business and charities and create better outcomes for the economy and the environment. Currently fulfilling the 2050 Climate Group’s moustachioed minority commitment. Mike was Vice Chair of the group from 2016-2017.
REBECCA DeVIVO
Rebecca has an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh, and was awarded ‘Best Dissertation’ in 2016 for her research on music and climate change communication. She currently works for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) as a Flooding Communications Officer, and recently volunteered with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society to produce and design the ‘Young Geographer’, a magazine on climate change written by young people under the age of 30.
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 has recently graduated with an MSc in Ecological Economics from University of Edinburgh. She is currently working as a Research Analyst for an Environmental Consultancy, working on a project to raising environmental awareness within the Oil & Gas sector.
SHONA RAWLINGS
Assistant Transport Planner at Peter Brett Associates. Shona has a particular interest in active travel and placemaking and has an MSc degree in Sustainability & Environmental Studies from the University of Strathclyde.
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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TOM SKLASCHUS
Tom is a project and bid manager working for Atkins, a leading global engineering consultancy. He has experience in leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams in designing major international energy infrastructure projects building upon his MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with International Studies. He is also currently fulfilling the 2050 Climate Group’s fatherhood minority commitment.