Getting to know...Kyle Usher
A blog post by Kyle Usher
- Eating nettles and gazing at clouds: a LEAF reflection
- #TakeItBack to the start
- Dalry Primary School's LEAF journey
- Pedalling towards a sustainable future
- Chirnside Primary School's LEAF journey
- Flowerbank Early Childhood Centre's Pocket Garden Experience
- To keep Scotland beautiful we all need to take action
- Applegarth and Hutton’s LEAF journey
- Our hope for a nature positive Scotland
- Becoming a Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation
- Volunteering with KSB and loving every minute
- We are all accountable for our actions
- Hillhead students talk keeping Kelvingrove Park beautiful
- Making it easy to choose a reusable cup for takeaway drinks
- Get to know...John MacLennan
- Get to know...Sandy Scott
- How Eco-Schools benefits pupils, teachers and communities
- Community gardening for climate, nature and heritage in Cumbernauld
- Tackling the litter emergency to protect our wild isles
- Scotland isn't looking so beautiful. We can change that.
- Get to know... Green Flag Award Judges
- Collaboration and innovation to tackle marine litter
- An introduction to Kinnesswood in Bloom...
- The litter emergency
- Our charity faces the environmental challenges ahead with optimism
- Wrapping up 2022
- Biodiversity - Reflections on COP15
- Small steps to protect biodiversity
- Why Mountains Matter
- It’s not just bees and butterflies on your flowers
- Wet Wipes - What's the Issue?
- Young Reporters on the Route: The Launch of Running Out of Time
- Getting to know... Tom Brock OBE
- A busy day for Upstream Battle education
- Planning a Wedding with the Planet in Mind
- 'Disposable' vapes and the damage they cause
- Climate Emergency Training provides positive opportunities for young people
- Making climate action possible for everyone
- Reasons to be positive
- Shotts is ACTing NOW on climate change
- Hope is a Garden
- Do we need the word 'pests' anymore?
- Beautiful Scotland judging - the truth
- Supporting Scotland to be the very greenest destination it can be
- Arbroath - working together, inspiring local climate action and improving lives
- Reflections of a beach manager
- I do like to be beside the seaside
- Climate Action Schools - helping young people take action
- Inspiring and empowering young people
- Climate Ready Classrooms at George Heriot's
- Data drives decisions
- Litter, fines and doing time
- Why our Web Developer Cameron loves being part of Team KSB
- It's only one
- Why join the family of It’s Your Neighbourhood?
- YoungScot Legacy Event
- Why it is the sea and SDG 14 for me
- Litter picking - a surprisingly fun group activity
- Climate Action Skills and positive action for all
- Seeing community groups thrive with Beautiful Scotland and It's Your Neighbourhood
- (What to do on) a dreich morning on the Firth of Clyde
- West Lothian Litter Pickers – How I got involved
- Scotland’s Climate Festival – Seed funding for community action
- Climate Ready Classrooms at St. Paul’s RC High School
- Scottish Book Trust representative joins Pocket Garden judging panel
- Have #YourSayOnLitter - we plan to...
- Everyone has something to say about litter – time to make it count
- Who ya gonna call?
- Why I pick up other people's garbage.
- Getting to Know...Colin
- Creative Careers: Spotlight on Heritage #NoWrongPath
- Celebrating Scotland’s best managed green and blue spaces
- Taking small steps towards a more sustainable future
- Caring for our planet
- Football’s Power to Combat Climate Change
- Our work on the COP26 Youth Climate Programme
- What’s litter got to do with climate change?
- Scotland’s Climate Festival kicks off in Falkirk
- Responsible Tourism – an opportunity not to be missed
- Climate Change Vlog by Dalry Primary School
- Failing our future?
- Our Week of Climate Action
- #ScotClimateWeek - our impacts and actions
- Protecting the sand and sea
- Another fine mess – part one
- Designing a lower carbon Scotland
- Getting to know... Lisa Snedden
- Combating climate change with information, education and training
- Litter picking 500 miles was always Gonna Be easy
- 7K for 7 Flags Challenge
- Littering less at St Joseph's Primary School in Glasgow
- Smashing litter picking targets during an unexpected stay in Scotland
- Keeping our communities beautiful
- Celebrating our brilliant volunteers
- Designing a pocket garden
- Getting to know... Nicola Smith
- East Haven Together
- It’s time to litter-ly turn anger into action
- Working in partnership to give communities a helping hand to clean up Scotland
- Why Beautiful Scotland is important to Lauder in Bloom
- We can all be climate ready
- Climate Ready Classrooms at Speyside High School
- Taking part in It's Your Neighbourhood
- Bags of opportunity for good
- Getting to know... Eve Keepax
- Lucky to live here
- A year of opportunity ahead
Kyle Usher sits on our Board of Charity Trustees and has a background in leading technology projects and innovation partnerships. As part of Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Trustees' Week - an annual opportunity for charities across Scotland to showcase the great work of trustees and celebrate their boards - he kindly answered some questions on his journey to becoming part of #TeamKSBScot.
Hi Kyle! Tell us a little about your career path prior to volunteering to join Keep Scotland Beautiful as a Charity Trustee?
I am originally from a creative and digital background. After graduating in digital photography and film, I worked for a while for a digital marketing agency. I first got into the third sector when I joined Young Scot as Digital Manager, followed by roles at Myeloma UK and in the digital directorate at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).
By this point I had thoroughly caught the third sector bug, committed to delivering social impact through innovation and technology. I now work at Nesta, an innovation foundation, leading their work to decarbonise homes in Scotland and innovative our way to a sustainable and prosperous future Scotland.
What led you to becoming a Charity Trustee for Keep Scotland Beautiful, when and why?
While at SCVO, I was involved in events that brought digital professionals and charities together in an attempt to strengthen boards with more digital professionals. I found this really useful to see how my skills and experience could be of benefit to a board, but I didn't initially find one that really resonated with me.
I knew that I wanted to find a board that was focused on the environment and sustainability. When I saw Keep Scotland Beautiful was looking for new Charity Trustees, I swooped on the opportunity and have been a member of the Board of Charity Trustees for the past year.
What parts of our work resonates with you personally and professionally?
The Keep Scotland Beautiful team does amazing work to enable people across Scotland to see their own lives and actions as opportunities to live more sustainably.
Through our work on Climate Action (Sustainable Development Goal 13) and by delivering the Carbon Literacy and Climate Ready Classrooms programmes, we are helping people in workplaces and schools to better understand the actions they can take.
My work at Nesta aligns very much with SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Keep Scotland Beautiful is active here too through protecting and promoting access to green public spaces that are not just important to connect us with nature, but for our health and wellbeing.
What are your hopes for Scotland’s environment and communities?
It is my hope, and my professional aim, that Scotland can become a truly sustainable place; where nature is not just protected but nurtured. Where people can be responsibly prosperous and re-engage with and value our natural environment. This will take a societal shift and Keep Scotland Beautiful has an important role to play in leading and shaping this future through our expanding work, supporting people to take small steps that pave the way to keep Scotland beautiful.
You can learn more about other volunteer members of our Charitable Board of Trustees and our Honorary Fellows. Their passion and commitment is much appreciated and we would very much like to thank them for giving up their time to offer guidance and support to ensure we are always working as effectively as possible.