Keynote speaker

Find out more about our keynote speaker and conference chair.


We are delighted that Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon will provide a keynote address. We thank Elizabeth Leighton for being our Conference Chair for a fourth year.

Keynote Speaker

Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon

Mairi Gougeon was previously a councillor for Brechin and Edzell, during which she was chairwoman of the East of Scotland European Consortium.

She is a history graduate from the University of Aberdeen.

Mairi was elected as the MSP for Angus North and Mearns in May 2016.

Online booking for the CCF Gathering is open now. Tickets are free and open to CCF Grant Recipients and representatives of other organisations with an interest in taking community-led action on climate change.

Conference 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 Independent Grants 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.

Booking for the CCF Gathering is now closed, however, we will be webcasting the event.

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