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Speakers

We are pleased to share biographies of speakers at the CCF Awards.

Guest Speaker - Heather Reid OBE

Heather Reid is a physicist and meteorologist who spent 15 years as BBC Scotland's chief weather forecaster and presenter. During this time, 'Heather the Weather' combined her TV role with promoting science to young people and the general public. She has worked tirelessly at science festivals, school events and science centres to highlight the importance of studying science. This work has led to several awards including, the prestigious Kelvin Medal from the Institute of Physics, honorary doctorates from the University of Paisley and the University of Glasgow and, in 2006, was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to physics.

Heather now uses her science engagement experience as a freelance education consultant with a variety of organisations. She specialises in promoting climate change as a context for interdisciplinary learning and regularly contributes on topics such as sustainability, renewable energy, global citizenship and the importance of science. For the past 3 years she has worked with teachers to deliver highly successful science education resources and activities for schools and local authorities.

She has also delivered keynote lectures at education events across the UK, and continues to inspire audiences with her passion for science. Heather is a very experienced conference host, especially in the areas of education, science and innovation. Her knowledge and understanding of the educational landscape often assists clients in the planning and delivery of events.

Heather holds an honorary lectureship in Glasgow University's school of physics and astronomy; she is a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of Glasgow Science Centre and a member of the Scottish Governments' Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group.

Heather Reid lives in Glasgow with her husband, Professor Miles Padgett who holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, and their young daughter, Jenna. In their free time they are often found at the 7 Stanes mountain biking centres testing Newton's Law's of Motion on various routes!

Awards Chair - Elizabeth Leighton, Chair of Climate Challenge Fund Grants Panel

Elizabeth Leighton is an independent consultant, providing research, policy and strategy advice on climate change, community engagement and sustainability issues. She is the chair of the CCF Grant Panel, which reviews project assessments and provides independent recommendations to Ministers.

Previously, she worked for WWF Scotland as Senior Policy Officer where she advocated policies and programmes to make Scotland’s homes low carbon and managed the education team.  Prior to joining WWF, Elizabeth served with the US Foreign Service, with postings in Moscow, Sofia, Edinburgh and Alaska.

Elizabeth lives in Highland Perthshire with her husband and two sons where she is an active member of the school parent council, and a member of the newly formed Heartland Community Wind Co-operative.

Awards Welcome - Tom Brock OBE, Board of Charity Trustees representative, Keep Scotland Beautiful

After studying Zoology at Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, Tom was a Countryside Ranger before working for British Waterways for 15 years, promoting, managing and developing canals for leisure and tourism throughout the UK.

He was appointed as Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre in 1998, prior to its opening by the Duke of Rothesay in May 2000.

The award-winning Centre has attracted over two and half million visitors since opening. The five star attraction is now the world’s leading centre for remote wildlife watching and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise (sustainability) by the Queen when she visited the Centre in 2009.

The Centre is a registered charity which is dedicated to inspiring people to care for wildlife and the natural environment as well as benefiting the local community by boosting tourism and creating local jobs.

Tom lives just outside North Berwick and is a Sir Winston Churchill Traveling Fellow and graduate of Common Purpose. He was awarded an OBE for services to tourism in 2006.

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