Sam Gardner (Chair)

Sam Gardner is the Head of Climate Change & Sustainability at Scottish Power where he is driving forward a program of work designed to ensure Scottish Power plays its full part in tackling climate change. He previously worked for WWF Scotland for the 12 years, most recently as Deputy Director. At WWF Scotland Sam led a team focused on securing lasting solutions to the environmental and climate change crises. He has previously worked for SEPA and the RSPB, and has a PhD in environmental policy development from UCL.  Sam was a Board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and serves on the Board of Scottish Environment LINK.

Adam McVey (Vice-Chair)

Adam McVey is Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council and of the Edinburgh SNP Group. He was elected in 2012 to represent the city’s Leith ward and served as vice convener of the Transport & Environment committee for three years prior to becoming Edinburgh’s youngest ever Council Leader in 2017.

As well as leading the Council, Adam chairs the Council’s Policy & Sustainability committee, the Edinburgh Community Partnership Board and has chaired the Edinburgh City Region Deal joint committee. His background is in economics and international law.



Bridie Ashrowan (Member)

Bridie is Chief Executive of EVOC (Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council) and has over thirty years’ experience in the community sector, having worked in start-ups, social enterprise and business. Before joining EVOC, her she was Chief Executive at Space & Broomhouse Hub where she successfully headed the £3.2 million capital investment programme to open the Hub – a local community development trust in an area that has some of the highest child and in-work poverty in Scotland.



Irene Beautyman (Member)

Irene is the Place and Wellbeing Partnership Lead at the Improvement Service.

Combining public health and local government support to place based approaches for the health of people and planet, Irene is passionate about the importance of collaborative action around the impact of places on our people. How we move around, the spaces we enjoy, our access to local facilities, affordable homes, access to fair work and our opportunity to feel part of that place and influence what happens there. Irene leads the Shaping Places for Wellbeing Programme supporting and learning from local action to reduce Scotland’s health inequalities while meeting net-zero carbon emissions.

Teresa Bray (Member)

Teresa has been the Chief Executive at Changeworks since 2008, an organisation that has leading expertise in renewable energy, energy modelling and behaviour change and provides training and consultancy for businesses, community groups and social landlords.

She is a trained accountant with over thirty years’ experience in voluntary sector management. She enjoys knitting and hillwalking. 

Clare Foster (Member)

Clare is a partner and head of the Clean Energy sector at law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn where she also leads the S+W project finance team.  A project finance specialist by trade, Clare has been involved in the energy sector since the early renewable energy projects of the mid 1990’s.  Qualified in both Scottish and English law, she advises clients on projects spanning the energy sector and has been involved in some of the highest profile (and in some cases world first) finance transactions in this area as well as sitting on the board of RenewableUK.

Alex Hilliam (Member)

Dr. Alex Hilliam is director of Hilliam Research and Analysis and is a highly experienced social researcher and behaviour change specialist, combining a strong academic background with over 15 years of experience working in sustainability, research and consultancy across the public, private and third sectors. 

He has experience of a range of behaviour change techniques and is a leading expert in the application of the Scottish Government’s Individual, Social and Material (ISM) behaviour change tool. 

Dr Jane Hopton (Member)

Jane is the NHS Lothian lead for Climate Change and Sustainability. She has responsibility for energy infrastructure, sustainable models of care, organisational and partnership development in relation to the whole NHS environmental impact and sustainability goals. Her background is in the general management of clinical, facilities and health promotion services for the NHS and began her career at the University of Edinburgh as a psychologist and sociologist in public health and primary care research with interest in inequalities in health, housing and health and general practice.

Andrew Kerr (Member)

Andrew joined the City of Edinburgh Council as Chief Executive Officer in July 2015. His 35-year Public Sector Career has since included a career in Leisure where he became the Director of Leisure and Culture at Birmingham City Council and President of The Institute of Leisure Management and he has been CEO at four major local authorities in North Tyneside, Wiltshire, Cornwall and his dream job in Edinburgh. 

He is now leading a £147m Transformation Programme for the council and is at the heart of Edinburgh’s Launch of its City Vision initiative 2050. 


Dairmaid Lawlor (Member)

Dairmaid Lawlor is an urbanist with a multidisciplinary background, including Environmental Resource Management, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Planning and Policy. He has worked in Urban Design at Gillespies LLP, Urban Initiatives and was Head of Urbanism and Director of Place at Architecture and Design Scotland. He has recently been appointed Associate Director at the Scottish Futures Trust. Dairmaid is passionate about taking creative decisions and using a multidisciplinary approach to make better places for everyone.

Calum Murray (Member)

Calum is a Director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd specialising in land acquisition and urban regeneration. He was a founding member and Director of City Legacy, responsible for the Commonwealth Games (2014) Athletes’ Village.

He has led the delivery of many projects across the affordable and private housing sectors, has worked in housing and construction for over 30 years, and is a Board Member with the Structural Timer Association and Offsite Solutions.

Andrea Nicholas (Member)

Co-founder of the Green Tourism Certification Programme during the past 22 years, Andrea has assisted in development of green networks and certification programmes throughout the UK and in Europe, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada and Africa.  The Green Tourism Programme started in 1997 and has expanded to cover all of the UK & Ireland with over 2500 members.  In the past 2 years Andrea has driven the development of a digital platform for Sustainable Management, GreenCheck, which is being used for Green Tourism and adapted for other industry sectors such as the NHS.

Kaisie Rayner (Member)

Kaisie is the Sustainable Investment Lead at Scottish Widows, where she was previously also Head of Fund Development & Responsible Investment. She works to embed Environmental, Social and Governance risk analysis across the organisation, and has contributed to the development of the Group Sustainability Strategy aligned to Helping Britain Prosper. She is passionate about enabling the transition to a low carbon economy and determined to save the world one pension at a time.

Dave Reay (Member)

Dave Reay is Professor of Carbon Management and Director of ECCI at the University of Edinburgh. He has studied  climate  change for over 25 years, from warming impacts in the Southern Ocean, through carbon fluxes in forests, to greenhouse gas emissions from wetlands and agriculture. Dave has authored over 100 articles on climate change, including 6 books, and is also an advisor for the Scottish Government on rural policy and climate change. His latest project involves managing his farm on the West Coast of Scotland to sequester a lifetime's carbon emissions.

Charlotte Otter (Communications and Engagement)

Charlotte is a Senior Communications Officer for the City of Edinburgh Council's Carbon Neutral programme with responsibility for leading on the internal and external communications and supporting engagement. Charlotte's background is third sector social and Behaviour Change Communications and worked for a number of years at Sustrans Scotland, where she worked as a Senior Communications and Public Affairs Officer.