LEAMS 2019 seminar

Workshops and speaker biographies


Each delegate attended two of the four available workshops:

Street Litter Bin Replacement Programme

John Hughes, Glasgow City Council

In April 2018 Glasgow City Council commenced an innovative programme to replace all low capacity street litter bins with larger capacity bins of which 400 were fitted with smart bin sensors funded via European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Phase 1 of the programme deployed new bins to five pilot areas. Phase 2 commenced in September 2018 and was completed in November 2019. Delivering transformation through data driven efficiencies including optimising collection frequencies and rationalising the fleet, this programme has demonstrated a number of benefits including reduced operating costs, increased customer satisfaction and reduction in carbon footprint. All delivered through strong partnerships, evidence based decisions and meaningful stakeholder engagement.

The Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC)

Alan Dron, Police Scotland

Launched in April 2019, flytipping is one of the seven priorities highlighted within Scotland's first Rural Crime strategy.  Outlining a clear vision, aim, objectives and priorities which provides a template for local partnerships to follow, Alan will deliver a perhaps unexpected and current picture of rural crime throughout Scotland including the links to serious organized crime, how this impacts directly and indirectly on the communities of Scotland plus importantly how this is now being tackled.

Team Up to Clean Up

Nicola Drummond, Renfrewshire Council

Team Up to Clean Up is a novel approach to encouraging communities to be pro-active in making their neighbourhoods cleaner and more attractive.  High expectations, assuming a local authority’s role is to clean up after residents, are no longer achievable.  Team Up to Clean Up makes an honest plea to communities “we’re doing our bit, but we need your help too”.  Renfrewshire Council has undertaken increased gully cleaning, road sweeping and litterpicking programmes however, faced with the current level of single use packaging, we recognise we need more hands.   The time is right to reach out to communities and ask for their help.

Take Pride in Your City

Sally McConville, Dundee City Council

The Take Pride in Your City campaign, launched in May 2015, is an environmental improvement campaign which aims to encourage a positive change in behaviour and attitudes towards local environmental quality, provide opportunities for the public to get involved and improve public perception of Dundee as a good environment to live, work and visit. Through partnership working and asking for public support, it is intended that in the long term not only will the Take Pride campaign improve Dundee’s environment for residents and visitors alike but also reduce the burdens placed on council resources.

Bitesize case studies

We had several organisations presenting what they are doing to improve their local environmental quality in these bitesize case studies:

Historic Environment Scotland

Renfrewshire Council

Dunfermline Delivers

The Wheatley Group

Carmuirs Primary School

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Speaker biographies

Colin Bayes, Conference chair

Charity Trustee, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Colin Bayes is a Chartered Environmentalist with an extensive career dealing with environmental issues, latterly as Director of Environmental Protection and Improvement for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, a post he retired from in May 2010.

He is former chair of the National Advisory Group for river basin management planning, the Sustainable Urban Drainage Scottish Working Party and the Pollution Prevention and Control industrials’ forum. He was a member of the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership Board and is now a board member of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority. 

Sally McConville, Dundee City Council

Sally joined the Environment Asset Management section of Dundee City Council in 2015, in the role of Environment Assistant and works on a variety of projects to help develop high quality green and
open spaces and encourage community participation in environmental activities. Areas of work include the council’s Take Pride in Your City campaign, the Dundee Flower and Food Festival and a range of Keep Scotland Beautiful initiatives such as Beautiful Scotland, Green Flag Awards, Clean Up Scotland and Scotland’s Beach Awards.

Lisa Edwards, Dunfermline Delivers

Lisa Edwards joined Delivering Dunfermline as Managing Director after working with Dunfermline Delivers as BID Manager for 4 years. This change in careers came after an enjoyable 20 years financial services experience in a senior role with Santander.

With a passion for her local town, she started helping Dunfermline with the Healthy High Street Campaign, working on a voluntary basis while still at Santander.

Since taking up the role leading Economic Development and Town Centre Transformation in Dunfermline, she has ensured the company has a key role in local partnerships that work to attract residents and visitors to the town centre. Recent successes include funding awards from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Enterprise. Purple Flag accreditation, continuous success with Keep Scotland Beautiful Gold awards and Silver Gilt winner of Britian in Bloom, Healthy Working Town Pilot and exemplar town recognition from Business in the Community. Delivering Dunfermline/Dunfermline Delivers have also successfully grown Outwith Festival, a Cultural Arts festival, to help stimulate economic growth. As well as the Outwith Festival, Lisa oversees 4 other high profile events which drive a footfall of 150,000 to the town centre.

John Hughes, Glasgow City Council

John has worked for Glasgow City Council (GCC) for 28 years, the last two of which have been within Neighbourhoods and Sustainability. Within his current role as Programme Manager he has been responsible for the successful implementation of the Street Litter Bin Programme and other Streetscene Transformation initiatives within the service.

Prior to working within Neighbourhoods and Sustainability John was a Senior Project Manager within the GCC IT Service and was responsible for managing a variety of IT system upgrade projects and application developments. John is keen to build on the smart technology already deployed within the new bin infrastructure within Glasgow and is continuously looking at other innovative approaches to improve the service.

Katie Carter, Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Katie works in the Climate Change team for HES as the Circular Economy Project Officer. HES are the lead body for the historic environment in Scotland, leading on Scotland’s historic environment strategy Our Place in Time, alongside being responsible for over 300 historic sites which welcome 5 million visitors annually. Her work focuses on helping HES transition to a circular economy by designing out waste from their operations through improving infrastructure, reducing waste at the procurement stage and developing circular business models. She also works alongside the wider historic environment sector to raise awareness of the key role our historic environment has to play in Scotland’s transition to a zero waste society. Katie is also leading on litter prevention activities in HES based on the actions and priorities set out in HES’s first Litter Prevention Action Plan which was published in March 2018.

Georgina Massouraki, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Georgina joined Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2015 working as a community projects officer on the #NeatStreets project and various community activities. She now leads the delivery of Cup Movement. Georgina is responsible for the day to day project development and delivery, utilising her interests in behaviour change, effective communication and community engagement.

Before joining Keep Scotland Beautiful, Georgina worked in project development and engagement in social enterprise, local authority and a variety of education environments. She has also spent time as a researcher studying animal behaviour, ecology and evolution.

Katie Murray, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Katie joined Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2013 and has worked in a variety of roles within the organisation.  As Communities and Place Manager, Katie leads on strategy development and the operational delivery of a range of community engagement programmes and campaigns, bringing together communities, businesses and public sector agencies to take action to improve the places where people live, work and visit. Katie has responsibility for the portfolio of Environmental Services and Place Services. Prior to joining Keep Scotland Beautiful, Katie was a Service Manager at the Royal Voluntary Service, managing the Home from Hospital programme in Stirling, supporting smooth patient transition from on-ward services to home support. Katie has a BA Honours in history, with a special subject of Environmental History.

Paul Wallace, Keep Scotland Beautiful

Paul joined Keep Scotland Beautiful in 2013.  He has responsibility for managing the behaviour change campaigns including Roadside Litter, Upstream Battle and Cup Movement. Prior to this he spent 15 years in local government working in senior management positions.  He has extensive experience in strategic planning, policy development, research, partnership working, community planning and SOAs, performance management and corporate communications. Paul is a graduate of Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA (Hons) in Public Administration and Management.

Alan Dron, Police Scotland

Alan has over 27 years police service and is currently the Rural Crime Co-ordinator for Police Scotland.  Previously working for the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency with a remit to disrupt organised crime groups, he is now based at the Scottish Crime Campus, Gartcosh and has a national remit which primarily involves the day to day facilitation, operational and smooth running of SPARC, chair's the Scottish Heritage Crime Group plus sits on the National Access Forum. 

Ken Gray, Refrewshire Council

Following 18 years working in Dept. of Work and Pensions, Ken joined Renfrewshire Council as a Business Manager, managing all administrative functions for the largest secondary school in Renfrewshire, including the transition of the school into a new purpose built secondary.

Ken moved into project management and led the council through the expansion of the Leisure Trust into a Cultural and Leisure Trust and joined Environment and Infrastructure as StreetScene Manager.  Within Renfrewshire, StreetScene was introduced in 2012 becoming an integrated grounds and street cleaning service and Ken is currently working closely with Zero Waste Scotland and Keep Scotland Beautiful and others on the CoPLaR developments through the Monitoring and Adoption Group.

Nicola Drummond, Renfrewshire Council

Nicola has worked for Renfrewshire Council for 25 years.  She was a Trading Standards Officer before taking on her new role focusing on environmental issues within the Community Safety Partnership Hub.  Nicola oversees community engagement in the campaign and also within Renfrewshire’s Green Spaces, Play Parks and Villages Fund, which has seen a significant number of litterpicking groups apply demonstrating community capacity building.  Nicola further directs Warden’s targeted enforcement activity in relation to flytipping and dog fouling.   This year Team Up to Clean Up secured a CoSLA award for Strong and Sustainable Communities.

Maria Corrigan, The Wheatley Group

Maria graduated as an Environmental Health officer in 1990 and since this time has worked in South Lanarkshire Council and Hillsborough Borough Council as an Enforcement Officer and latterly in Renfrewshire Council as their Environmental Enforcement Manager with The Community Wardens Service.

She joined The Wheatley Group in 2017 as their Environmental Services Delivery Lead and in this role supports over 200 environmental operatives in their efforts to deliver a 5 star standard to customers in Wheatley properties in the south Glasgow making homes and lives better. Maria is a Chartered Member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland .

Charlie Devine, Zero Waste Scotland

As head of Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Management team, Charlie oversees the provision of a variety of support services to local authorities, resource management businesses, and third sector organisations. Charlie’s team delivers expert guidance, funding and training aiming to create a more sustainable resource management sector in Scotland.

Charlie has more than 29 years’ of sector experience, working both in the public and private sectors. Charlie is also a former Chair of CIWM Scotland Centre and also chairs the SWITCH Forum (Scottish Waste Industry Training Competence and Health and Safety Forum), which aims to improve health and safety in the waste industry.

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