Our Staff

Becky Kenton-Lake

Coalition Coordinator

Becky joined Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in October 2019 and coordinates working group activities and the day to day running of the organisation, amongst many other things! Becky has recently relocated to Edinburgh after spending  several years experience of working on waste and recycling campaigns at local authorities in Oxfordshire.

Fiona Hooker

Communications and Campaigns Officer

Fiona manages various aspects of our communications and member-led campaigns to reach and engage audiences, such as writing content for our website and social media, drafting press releases, sending newsletters, and organising events. Fiona joined Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in March 2021. She has a degree in Experimental Psychology and has spent her career working in marketing, fundraising and communications for charities, the NHS and higher education.

Katherine Jones

COP26 Project Manager

Kat delivers our work to support civil society activity around COP26 and the Climate Fringe and manages the COP26 Project Team. She started at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in September 2019, and joined us from RSPB Scotland, where she led on people-facing work, including media and comms, membership and fundraising, visitor experience and education. Previous to that she worked for Patrick Harvie MSP and, before that, spent a decade with Scottish Natural Heritage. Kat has a PhD on breeding behaviour of the, much-maligned, lesser black-backed gull and enjoys calling for her ceilidh band, when she gets the time.

Isobel Sherlock

COP26 Project Officer

Isobel joined Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in May 2021 to work on COP26. Isobel is passionate about the environment and sustainability, in particular conservation. After graduating with a degree in Human Geography from the University of Edinburgh, she certified as a Divemaster and worked abroad, before returning to run community volunteer projects with students in Cambridge.

Nick Cullen

COP Logistics Officer

Nick joined Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in November 2019 to work on COP26 logistics and coordination. He has recently returned to Edinburgh after spending two years volunteering at the border in Calais and Northern France. Nick has a Masters Degree in International Development and is involved in research projects covering activism, migration and humanitarianism.

Tami Pein

COP Events and Venues Officer

Tami joined Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in April 2020 to work on coordinating events and managing the Climate Hub for the COP26. She has a degree in Environment and Business Sustainability from Leeds University. Since graduating she has worked as a climate change educator, chess and DJ teacher. Tami is an events enthusiast and has organised Leeds’ largest activist gathering, a 200 person food waste banquet and sustainable arts festival.

Veronica Kocovska

Climate Fringe Coordinator

Veronica joined the team in May 2021 as Climate Fringe Coordinator to bring together events and activities in the run-up to COP26. After obtaining a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters in Public Health, Veronica gained experience working in marketing and communications for the London Symphony Orchestra followed by a medical technology start-up. Her love of hiking, nature, and sustainable practices fuelled her desire for working in the environmental sector.

Our Board

SCCS is governed by a Board, members of which are elected by our coalition members. Our current board members are:

Tom Ballantine

Chair of the Board

Tom Ballantine has been on the board of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland since 2007, chairing it since June 2010. Before taking on his current role Tom worked as a lawyer and mediator in Edinburgh. He has maintained an interest in environmental issues throughout his adult life. He is currently also on the board of the Open Seas Trust and the Glasgow Caledonian University Centre for Climate Justice Advisory Board.

Mary Church

Mary has been Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland since 2012, and with the organisation as a campaigner before that. She leads FoES’s fracking campaign, as well as work on environmental rights and just transition. Over the years she has been in various SCCS working groups, and has represented FoES and SCCS at several UN climate conferences, including Paris. She participates in other member-led networks including Scottish Environment LINK, and is also on the Board of Changeworks.

Alistair Dutton

Alistair Dutton is the Director of SCIAF, the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund. A chartered engineer with six years’ experience in the chemical industry on ICI’s sister site to Grangemouth in Huddersfield, Alistair studied physics at Durham, and philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford. Alistair has worked in international humanitarian relief and development for over twenty years and has seen first-hand the effects of climate change on those who are poorest and most vulnerable in the world.

Angus Hardie

Although originally trained in accountancy and then social work, Angus’ principle interest is community work.  He spent 20 years helping to establish and support community organisations in and around the peripheral housing schemes of Edinburgh before moving to establish the national umbrella body for development trusts (DTA Scotland).  In 2011, he initiated the Scottish Community Alliance – a broad coalition of the major community based networks operating in Scotland – with the aim of promoting the interests of the community sector more widely and encouraging cross-sector collaboration.

Chris Hegarty

Chris leads Christian Aid’s advocacy, communications and education team in Scotland. He was inaugural chair of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and a director of the Trade Justice Movement for several years. Before moving into international development, Chris spent 10 years as a fund manager, including running responsible investment funds.

Jamie Livingstone

Jamie was appointed Head of Oxfam Scotland in late 2013 having joined as Campaigns & Communications Manager in 2011. Jamie was previously a print & broadcast journalist, including Political Correspondent on STV News. In his current role, he oversees Oxfam’s policy, campaigns and communications in Scotland, as well the domestic programme. Jamie plays a leading role within the Disasters Emergency Committee in Scotland. He became a Director of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in 2014.

Lexi Parfitt

Lexi is Head of Communications and Fundraising at WWF Scotland. She has worked across the third sector for the last 15 years, from leading national and international campaigns on climate change and tax justice with SCIAF, to coordinating policy and public affairs work on the impacts of austerity with SAMH. Lexi has worked with SCCS since its earliest days, including on the 2009 Scottish Climate Act and the Climate Justice Fund, joining the board in 2020. She has a masters in Gender, Rights and Development from the University of Glasgow and was previously on the board of the Scottish International Development Alliance (then NIDOS).

Jess Pepper

Jess Pepper is a Mum, climate advocate and Climate Reality leader. She is actively involved in community action on climate change, especially through her local Climate Cafe. Jess has worked for environmental NGOs including Scottish Environment LINK and WWF Scotland, and with SCCS on the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. An independent public affairs consultant and trained facilitator for Carbon Conversations, Jess continues to support and work with children and young leaders taking action for their community and future.

Kirstie Shirra

Kirstie has worked on environmental justice and international development issues in Scotland for almost 20 years. Having worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland and the World Development Movement, she turned freelance in 2009, aiding numerous organisations and networks to further their aims. Kirstie was a founding director of Take One Action and is currently on the board of the West Ardnamurchan Development Company. Based in the Highlands, Kirstie also runs a local micro-bakery and writes articles.

Aedán Smith

Aedán is a chartered town planner and has led RSPB Scotland’s planning team for 10 years, having previously worked in the public sector and in consultancy.  He has worked on some of Scotland’s most high profile and contentious planning cases, including many energy and other major infrastructure projects.  Aedán has particular experience of reconciling the wildlife and climate impacts of plans and projects and of working with governments and public and private sectors to further climate and wider environmental objectives.