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Chris Wood-Gee, SSN Chair

Sustainability Team Leader and Energy Manager

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Chris has been the Sustainability Team Leader and Energy Manager at Dumfries and Galloway Council since 2015. Before becoming the Sustainability Team Leader he managed a Heritage Lottery Landscape Partnership project.  Chris started his working life in agriculture before turning to urban fringe greenspace enhancement. An active member of SSN for a several years, he became Chair of the SSN Steering Group in 2016.


Chris Stark

Director of Energy and Climate Change

The Scottish Government

Chris is Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government, leading the development of Scotland’s approach to emissions-reduction and the accompanying energy system transition.  His team provides advice to Scottish Ministers on all aspects of energy and climate policy and on licensing and consent decisions for new onshore energy infrastructure.  Chris previously headed the Strategy Unit, the Scottish Government’s central strategy team, and has worked in a number of Whitehall departments.  He has broad experience of economic policymaking in the Scottish Government, HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Professor Jan Webb

Professor of Sociology of Organisations

The University of Edinburgh


Janette Webb is Professor of Sociology of Organisations at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research is about European policy and practice for sustainable heat and energy efficiency in cities. She collaborates in local energy capacity building with local authorities, public agencies and district energy businesses. Her research contributes to policy-making: she advises Scottish Government on aspects of energy, fuel poverty and climate policies, and is occasional adviser to UK Government BEIS on households and district heating. She is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh multi-disciplinary Inquiry into Scotland’s Energy Future and chaired the UK Committee on Climate Change 2016 Advisory Group on Energy Efficiency and Heat.

Kathryn Dapré, SSN Steering Group member

Head of Engineering, Energy and Sustainability

NHS National Services Scotland

Kathryn is Head of Engineering, Energy and Sustainability within NHS National Services Scotland. Her team provides support and advice to NHS Scotland Boards, Scottish Government and other stakeholders in relation to all aspects of engineering resilience and safety, energy management and sustainability. Kathryn’s remit for sustainability covers climate change mitigation and adaptation, waste management and resource efficiency, biodiversity and greenspace planning, and corporate social responsibility. She is also a non-executive director of Energy for Edinburgh - the City of Edinburgh Council's arms-length energy services company.

George Eckton

Partnership Director

SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership)


Before joining SEStran as Partnership Director in 2016, George was Chief Officer at CoSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) leading a team driving policy development on sustainability, development and economy; providing support and briefings to local government elected members; and presenting evidence to the Scottish parliament. Prior to joining CoSLA in 2009 George spent 3 years as a strategic planner at Renfrewshire Council. His remit included policy development and consultation on the first Glasgow and Clyde Valley Strategic Development Plan and application of the Greenhouse Gas Regional Inventory Project (GRIP) Model for climate change policy development in the context of city-region spatial planning. 

Dave Gorman, SSN Steering Group member

Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability

The University of Edinburgh


Dave became the first Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh in 2013. He provides senior leadership and advice to the University on a wide range of topics including climate change and renewables, sustainability, responsible investment, community engagement, fair employment, sustainable and responsible supply chains and social investment.

He was latterly Head of Strategy at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency after a career in local government preceeded by a wide range of community and volunteering activity following graduation. Dave is a chartered environmentalist, chartered manager and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Paul Lawrence

Executive Director for Place

City of Edinburgh Council

Paul joined City of Edinburgh Council in late 2015 taking on responsibilities that include Economic Development, Environment, Culture, Housing, Planning, Regulatory Services and Transport. Prior to this, he was the Corporate Director for Place at Stockport Council – one of ten local authorities in the Greater Manchester city region.  Paul began his local government career as Arts Director for Durham City Council. He was appointed Head of Cultural and Economic Development at Newcastle City Council in 2000 and became Assistant Chief Executive thereafter with responsibility for Economic Policy, City Region Partnerships and Corporate Communications.