Fran is a founding partner of One Stone Advisors Ltd, a global strategy and communications team which helps companies become more successful sustainability leaders. One Stone is a founding B Corp and a Best for the World honouree.
Fran advises on managing opportunity and risk to build long-term value, working with corporates to ensure that their business strategy, sustainability values and communications align. She helps emerging sustainability leaders integrate the SDGs into their strategy and prioritise the Goals for better business planning. Clients include Carlsberg Group, Electrolux, Ericsson, TUI Travel, Edrington, Tetra Pak and SSE.
Fran holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the European Association for Environmental Management Education. She is co-author of Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century and serves on the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. She was a board member of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute from 2004-2011.
Brian Clark is a specialist in environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment, urban and rural planning and environmental management. His initial research at Glasgow University was on regional development policy and mobility of industry in the UK and urban deprivation followed by research at Durham University on urban planning in Iran, Iraq and the Gulf States. Brian moved to Aberdeen University in 1971 to direct the MSc in Rural and Regional Resources Planning and he established the Centre for Environmental Management and Planning (CEMP), which won national and international awards for consultancy, research and training in EIA, SEA, Sustainability and Environmental Management.
Brian has acted as a consultant to, and served on the Boards, of numerous national and international organisations and in 1987 was made a founder member of UNEP's Global 500 Award for his services towards environmental management. Brian was awarded an MBE in 2006. Latterly, he was a Board Member of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and a Board member and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Science of the James Hutton Institute from its establishment in 2011 until 2017.
Isobel works as a Wildlife Consultant specialising in bats. She has had a varied career and gained a BSc. Hons. Biology from Aberdeen University as a mature student. Isobel has an interest in the environment and has worked in the environmental sector for many years. She is a Member of the North Sea Commission Energy and Climate Change Group, exchanging information and collaborative projects between North Sea coastal countries. She has been a local Councillor, on Aberdeenshire Council, for Ellon and District since and is Vice Chair of the Sustainability Committee which is guiding the Council towards carbon neutrality and promoting a circular economy.
She has a wealth of experience of community development, working in and with communities on the ground. Isobel is an experienced Trustee serving on several Charitable Trusts both as a local councillor and in a personal capacity
Priscilla graduated in Anthropology and Sociology from Durham University and as a mature student returned to university to undertake a Diploma in Land Economy at Aberdeen. She subsequently qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and between her two degrees married the owner of Drummuir Estate in Moray where her academic studies informed her life and work. The Estate is an integrated land holding that includes a home farm, tenanted farms, a Victorian Gothic Castle, let residential properties, forestry, moorland and a windfarm; the focus of her work was on policy development and external relations.
In around 2000, in the lead up to Land Reform, Priscilla was instrumental in the formation of ‘Drummuir 21’ an environmental charity that encourages involvement of all ages and abilities to work on sustainable development in the area and has particularly encouraged access for all.
Priscila has served on several forestry and land related groups and from 2010 to 2014 chaired the Moray LEADER Local Action Group Panel. She is currently Chair of both the Andrew Raven Trust, a charity based at Ardtornish on Morvern and of Drummuir 21.
Emma is a Sustainable Governance specialist, Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Her experience spans a broad range of disciplines including policy and process development, integration of environmental considerations into business governance structures, environmental risk management, environmental impact assessment, investment due diligence, carbon footprinting and stakeholder training. She specialises in communicating science, environment, and sustainability with an extensive and varied range of stakeholders.
Emma is the founder of Green Arch Consulting, a strategic sustainability advisory business working with clients across a broad range of sectors to deliver sustainable governance changes in their organisations. Her client list spans food manufacturing, financial services, events, local authority, energy generation, legal and travel and transport, among others.
Emma holds degrees in Ecology from the University of Edinburgh and Environmental Law from the University of Nottingham. Her personal areas of interest include natural capital, ecosystem services and biophilic design.
Ron worked for Scottish Natural Heritage, and its predecessor body, the Nature Conservancy Council for over 27 years. He retired in March 2015 as SNH Director of Policy and Advice and is now an honorary research fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.
He has a PhD in agricultural zoology and in his early career he specialised in the impact of birds on agriculture and fisheries. During his career with SNH he was closely involved in work on invasive non native species, the Langholm Demonstration Project for which he was a Director from 2014-2015 and the reintroduction of species such as the sea eagle to Scotland. From 2006-15 he was Chairman of the Scottish National Species Reintroduction Forum.
Ron's principal areas of interest are sustainable models of land use management for people and nature, species reintroductions and the links between human health and well-being and nature.
A chartered Civil Engineer by profession, Joe graduated from Dundee University in 1980 and worked in the water industry in Scotland for 25 years, latterly with Scottish Water as General Manager for North West Scotland. In 2005 Joe joined Scottish Natural as Director Corporate Services, retiring in 2017, having served as interim Chief Executive in both Bòrd na Gàidhlig and SNH.
Joe was, as Director Corporate Services, SNH’s Chief Finance Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner.
Joe is a Fellow of Scottish Council of Development and Industry and holds Institute of Directors Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction. Joe chaired the Highland Structure Partnership in its final year and was a member of the UHI Court in the lead up to gaining full university status.
Since retiring Joe has become one of two community representatives on the Tornagrain Conservation Trust, integral to the governance structure of Scotland’s newest new town, chaired by the Earl of Moray.
Sheila is a solicitor, dealing for the last 30 years, mostly in commercial and corporate work. She is part retired and is now a consultant with Grant Smith Law Practice, where she was a partner and director for more than 20 years.
She has been involved in NGOs connected with rural affairs for many years, having sat on the North and West Grampian LEADER Board, the local enterprise trust board, Rural Forums’s Council- a long time ago- and the Council and Scottish Advisory Committee of the RSPB.
A keen birder, she reads, walks, takes photographs and is currently the Convenor of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and one of its Federal Vice Presidents.
David is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen and an Honorary Research Associate of the James Hutton Institute. He studied biology at Manchester and completed a PhD in Sheffield; his main scientific interests are the interactions between plants and their environment, and on their importance to ecology and agriculture.
David held a personal chair in Plant and Soil Science at Aberdeen for fifteen years, nine of which were as Deputy Head of the School of Biological Sciences, before retiring in July 2015. Previously he was a research scientist at the James Hutton Institute’s two predecessor organisations, the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research and the Scottish Crop Research Institute. Between 2010 and 2015 he was Keeper of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden in Aberdeen and a trustee of the Cruickshank Garden Trust. On behalf of the British Ecological Society, he was senior editor of their journal Functional Ecology for six years.
A native of St Helens, Lancashire, David has for the past 25 years lived in rural Angus.
Bill Slee worked at the James Hutton Institute as Head of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences research group until 2013 and then as a senior research scientist until July 2015. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute. He was previously a senior lecturer in the University of Aberdeen and Director and Research Professor of Rural Economy at the Countryside and Community Research Unit at the University of Gloucestershire, where he retains a visiting chair.
Bill's principal research interests are the socio-economic dimensions of land based and wider socioeconomic adjustment and change in rural economies of developed countries. He is currently working on social innovation in rural areas, climate change related issues, water quality, farm adjustment and rural development and has worked extensively in exploring the economic impacts of forestry, the restructuring and transformation of the farm sector, the impact of new food supply chains on rural development, the evaluation of LEADER, land reform and rural tourism and recreation. Bill is still active in European Horizon 2020 projects.
Paul is the part time Executive Administrator of the Trust. He has 30 years' experience of rural land management, having trained as a Land agent and spent much of his career working at the interface of protected land management, innovative techniques and research. Paul has considerable management and administrative experience, having also run grant schemes in the public, private and third sectors. He was a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and other professional organisations and runs his own land management consultancy. He enjoys many forms of outdoor recreation including hillwalking and cycling.