Reforesting Scotland’s directors

Reforesting Scotland (RS) is all of its members, but work done and decisions made are often down to a much smaller group of people, the directors, staff and core volunteers.

Alan Carter (Chair)

Alan has been a member of RS for many years. He is a self-employed forester, and also has hands-on expertise in community parks and forest gardening. He was voted onto the board during the 2011 Gathering, which he had organised, and became Chair after the 2013 Gathering.

Fi Martynoga

Fi is a museum researcher and writer. She was one of the initial members of the Carrifran Wildwood Steering Group, became a member of RS in 1998, and belongs to both the Native Woodland Discussion Group and the Royal Scottish Forestry Society. She lacks any forestry qualification but was the enthusiastic editor of A Handbook of Scotland’s Trees (based on articles from the RS Journal), and of A Handbook of Scotland’s Wild Harvests, which RS brought out in conjunction with the Scottish Wild Harvests Association. She writes regularly for the RS Journal and is a member of its editorial group.

Hugh Chalmers

Hugh has been a member of RS for many years (with a few lapses) and continues to be inspired by the RS vision of restoring Scotland’s woods for everyone. He now works for Tweed Forum, pursuing integrated catchment management (involving lots of native tree planting and endless paperwork). Tim Stead at Wooplaw Woods was a great inspiration, as is Trees for Life and Borders Forest Trust where he was the Project Officer for their woodlands, including Carrifran Wildwood for eight years. Hugh is a member of the Carrifran Wildwood Steering Group, Secretary of A Greener Melrose, a trained deer hunter and a member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He would be lost without his copy of A Sand County Almanac.

Nicky Penford

Nicky is a lecturer at Scotland’s Rural College in Aberdeen where she teaches countryside management. She was a farm conservation manager for fifteen years, encouraging farmers to create and manage woodlands and other habitats. She has studied forestry and rural development projects in Eastern Europe and is involved in a project in Romania to maintain hay meadows. She has worked as an ecological surveyor, including surveying the Common Lands of England and Wales. Nicky has been a member of Reforesting Scotland since the early days.

Ninian Stuart

After an early career in community social work in Glasgow and in the mental health field, Ninian returned to his roots and responsibilities in a run-down rural estate in the 1990s. Since then he has been working with others to revive a landscape, build community and mind the future of this wooded place. This has involved starting up and supporting a range of social enterprises and community initiatives. He is co-founder of Falkland Centre for Stewardship which runs the Big Tent Festival and currently leads a programme of learning activities and public engagement in Falkland’s woods.

Ninian is a recent convert to hutting – and instigator of the RS campaigning vision of “A thousand huts“.

Sally Macpherson

Sally is a reference librarian and was inspired by the common sense and vision displayed in the report on the Scotland Norway study tour to join Reforesting Scotland. She is a member of the editorial group and has built her knowledge of matters foresterial by reviewing books and writing the Logging On column for the Journal. Sally is interested in communication. She edits the members’ newsletter, The Radical Rowan and contributes to the development of the website.

Benedict Bate (treasurer)

Benedict is an accountant and has worked in manufacturing and retail as well as the University sector where he was a lecturer and until recently the Leader of the Accounting and Finance Group at Edinburgh Napier University. He has been a keen outdoor activities person since the early 1970s and it was during his travels that he realised what a ‘wet desert’ much of Scotland had become due to extensive overgrazing by sheep and deer. As an orienteer he has experienced a wide variety of Scottish forest terrain and is particularly fond of the pine woods in the Glen Affric area.

A long standing member of RS, he is also a member of the Woodland Trust and gives talks about their work in Scotland and has planted trees in Knoydart, Fife, the Borders and the Lothians. He is always keen to persuade others that planting trees in Scotland is an investment with many future benefits, such as biodiversity, recreation, forest products, water quality and flood management.

Julian Holbrook

Julian trained as a geologist and rural resource planner and spent 18 years with Scottish Natural Heritage reporting on the changing state of Scotland’s environment.  For the last 8 years he has worked on climate change, initially as the Manager of Adaptation Scotland, a Government funded programme, to support public and private sector bodies to adapt to a changing climate. This was followed by 2 years working as the Community Action Support Officer for the Climate Challenge Fund, where he trained 200 community representatives on understanding climate change, set up regional peer networks across Scotland and established the Community Climate Change Pledge.
He has a strong interest in local food systems, community engagement and environmental art.  In July 2015, he joined the Nourish Scotland Food Leaders Programm and in 2014 he launched the Edinburgh Food Belt initiative as a mechanism to build local food networks/systems in response to climate change, food security and the need to engage communities through local action.   Julian is an organic smallholder, eco-builder and community councillor and a Director of the Damhead Neighbourhood Company set up to develop community enterprises.
His interest in the work of RS is in joining agendas to create new visions and possible futures for a reforested Scotland that meet the climate challenge and provide sustainable local livelihoods.