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SSN Steering Group

The SSN Steering Group includes 13 representatives and meets regularly to advise the SSN staff team and contribute to the development of SSN’s annual work programme.

Chris Wood-Gee, Steering Group Chair

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Chris started working life in agriculture before turning to urban fringe greenspace enhancement. Since moving to Dumfries and Galloway Council, he managed a Heritage Lottery Landscape Partnership project before becoming Sustainability Team Leader and, since 2015, Energy Manager as well. Chris has been actively involved with the SSN for a number of years.

 

David Charles, Steering Group Vice-chair

University of Strathclyde

David is an Energy Engineer at the University of Strathclyde. He has worked on a variety of energy related projects as well as wider sustainability issues such as sustainable travel, biodiversity and behaviour change campaigns. David qualified as an aerospace engineer and has an MSc in renewable energy systems and the environment.

 

Kathryn Dapre

NHS Health Facilities Scotland

Kathryn is Head of Engineering, Energy and Sustainability within NHS National Services Scotland. Her team provides professional 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.

 

Sylvia Gray

East Dunbartonshire Council

Sylvia is Acting Team Leader for East Dunbartonshire Council’s Sustainability Policy Team. She oversees the development, delivery and monitoring of policies including carbon management, biodiversity and district heating. She also oversees the council’s Strategic Environmental Assessment service. Sylvia has been a SSN member since 2002 and was Chair from 2010-2014.

 

Dave Gorman

University of Edinburgh

Dave is Director for Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh. His role includes senior leadership responsibility for the university’s social responsibility and sustainability activities, as well as strategic advice on climate change issues, energy and a wide range of social responsibility and investment issues.

 

Ken Harris

Glasgow City Council

Ken has worked at Glasgow City Council since 1985 and has had a variety of roles before becoming a Sustainable Development Officer in 1998. He has worked on a range of projects, including sustainability indicators, sustainable procurement and sustainable food issues. Ken has been part of the SSN since its creation.

 

Angela Heaney

Stirling Council

Angela is the Senior Sustainable Development Officer at Stirling Council. She has developed and monitored delivery of the council’s Sustainable Development Strategy, Carbon Management Plan, Weather Impacts Profile and Climate Adaptation Strategy. She is responsible for annual progress reports on delivery of the Public Bodies’ Climate Change Duties for the council.

 

Dr Ewan Hyslop

Historic Environment Scotland

Ewan is Head of Technical Research and Science at Historic Environment Scotland and manages programmes on climate change, technical and scientific research and digital documentation. His primary role is to deliver government policy on energy efficiency and climate change adaptation for the historic environment in Scotland.

 

Clive Mitchell

Scottish Natural Heritage

Clive has over 20 years’ experience in environmental policy, natural resource management and sustainable development. At SNH, his focus is on people, nature and landscapes in the political context of Scotland, the UK and the EU. He develops strategy in response to public service reform, localism, centralism, community empowerment, austerity, management styles and culture.

 

Paul Murphy

Inverclyde Council

Paul is the Carbon Reduction Officer for Inverclyde Council.  He helped develop the council’s carbon management plan and provides advice on reducing emissions and utility costs. He coordinates the Carbon and Energy Group which discusses progress and ideas to meet the targets set out in the council’s Carbon Management Plan.

 

Jamie Pearson

Edinburgh Napier University

Jamie is the Environmental Sustainability Manager at Edinburgh Napier University, responsible for the university’s environmental management system. He is a member of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges Office Bearers Group and represents them on the SSN Steering Group.

 

Kate Thornback

Scotland’s Rural College

Kate is the Environment Officer for Scotland’s Rural College and looks after a range of sustainability topics including education for sustainability, engagement and behaviour change and environmental certifications. She offers environmental leadership and support to the organisation including education, research and consulting over an estate stretching from Shetland to the Borders.

 

Stephanie Williamson

West Dunbartonshire Council

Stephanie has a BSc in Environmental Sciences and, since moving to Scotland from Canada, has been working in the sustainability sector for 10 years. She currently holds post as the Sustainability Officer for West Dunbartonshire Council. Stephanie has always been passionate about environmental issues and has donated much of her own time to this cause.