Our Staff

Ryan Morrison

Campaigns Officer

Ryan Morrison is Campaigns Officer at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland since January 2018. Born in Paisley with family ties to Middlesbrough, Ryan studied Law as an undergraduate at the University of Strathclyde before completing an MA in International Relations at Durham University. When not working he will mostly be focused on football but has also been involved as a volunteer in campaigns for youth engagement and nuclear disarmament for several years.

Gail Wilson

Campaigns Manager

Gail Wilson is Campaigns Manager at Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, where she has worked since 2009. Previously, Gail worked in communications and fundraising for two East African health organisations in Edinburgh and London. Seeing first-hand the impact that climate change was having on communities East Africa was a primary motivation for Gail shifting focus to work on climate issues. Gail holds an honours degree in English Literature from Newcastle University and is a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

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.

Una Bartley

Una has been a board member of SCCS for seven years. She has worked mainly in policy and lobbying for various national NGOs and universities, including Christian Aid, The Open University in Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland and Universities Scotland although she also spent two years working for a conservation and development NGO in Zimbabwe. More recently Una has combined writing a novel with freelance/short term contract work with organisations such as Crisis, Scotland’s Futures Forum, The Open University and Universities Scotland.

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.

Gina Hanrahan

Gina leads WWF Scotland’s policy and public affairs work as Head of Policy since 2017. Before joining the tartan pandas in 2013 as Climate and Energy Policy Manager, Gina worked on Irish and European climate and energy policy and EU affairs at Ireland’s leading independent think tank, the IIEA. She’s also worked for the Irish Parliamentary Service and European Commission.

Chris Hegarty

Chris leads Christian Aid’s advocacy, communications and education team in Scotland. He chairs SCCS’ International Group – looking at how climate change affects people across the world, as well as how Scotland’s work on climate change can have influence beyond our shores. 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.

Liz Marquis

Liz Marquis has led the Energy Agency in south west Scotland since 1997 (36 full time staff). The award winning charity helps households, businesses and communities use energy wisely and work towards sustainability. Liz’s skills covering heating, health, education and community action reflects the range of evidence based work. The substantial NHS research, linking health and housing highlights all strands of real sustainability. The research is designed to provide high quality information to contribute to future national policy.

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.

Mike Robinson

Mike is Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He has worked in the Scottish charity sector for the last 25 years, initially with RSPB as Head of Marketing, and later with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh as Director of Development. Mike has held more than 40 board/advisory roles, mostly for environment and human rights bodies, including as previous Chair of SCCS. He sits on several Government Forums and is heavily involved in promoting climate change solutions.

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.