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We welcome three new Charity Trustees

25 August 2021

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Charity Trustees to strengthen our work to enhance Scotland’s environment.

Announcing the appointment of the new Charity Trustees Tom Brock, OBE, Chair of the Board said: “I’m delighted, in my first year as Chair, to be able to welcome a total of six new trustees – this appointment of three trustees is in addition to three who joined us in June*.  It is a challenging and important time for our charity and for Scotland’s environment, but with these individuals comes an excellent opportunity for us to strengthen what we do.  All have a real passion and commitment to support what we want to achieve, and I have no doubt, will be an important asset to us as we work with individuals and communities throughout the country to combat climate change, tackle litter and waste, increase environmental education and enhance the places we all care about, right across Scotland.”

Joining the Board of Charity Trustees in September 2021 are Rachel Cowper, Kyle Usher and Osama Bhutta.

The focus throughout Rachel Cowper’s career, has been split between economic regeneration and working within the third sector.  She is currently Programme Director for Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland housed within the University of Glasgow – leading an evidence led, context informed place-based approach focusing on children and young people.  She is a leading voice in helping to change and shape attitudes towards outdoor play and outdoor learning at a national policy level and on the ground, which has gained international recognition and cooperation with similar programmes and leading academics in the field.

Rachel said, “Our outdoor and natural environments are precious, and recognising and supporting activity that enables those environments to be there for the future is key.  Therefore, it was a simple equation for me – and the opportunity to join the Board of Keep Scotland Beautiful feels right in seeking to progress and support this aim.”

Kyle Usher is currently Nesta’s Mission Manager for Scotland. He is experienced in leading technology projects and innovation partnerships and is working towards accelerating the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, productive economy by cutting UK household emissions and improving efficiencies in the labour market.

Kyle has a particular interest in how technology can be used to address social challenges, specifically the climate crisis, our natural environment and sustainable energy.

He commented, “I am delighted to join the board of Keep Scotland Beautiful at this time. The challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity loss are huge, but there is no better time to come together as individuals and organisations across society and work together to improve our places, spaces and communities. I believe there is space for new ideas and new means to help protect the natural environment for ourselves and for future generations. Keep Scotland Beautiful is perfectly positioned to do just that.”

Strategist and communicator Osama Bhutta is currently Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns at Shelter UK, fighting for everyone to have a decent, safe and affordable home.   He previously served as Global Director of Marketing and Communications at Amnesty International.

Osama said, “We’re in a decisive decade for humanity and the beautiful planet we live on. In the next few years, we’ve got to find cleaner and better ways of living. Keep Scotland Beautiful is doing vital work and I’m very pleased for the opportunity to support that.” 

*These latest appointments follow Renata Scofield, Neil Urquhart and Dr. Susan Lindner-Kelly joining the Board of Charity Trustees at the end of June 2021.

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