Our Staff

Becky Kenton-Lake

Coalition Coordinator

Becky coordinates working group activities and the day-to-day running of the organisation, amongst many other things! Before living in Edinburgh, Becky spent several years working on waste and recycling campaigns at local authorities in Oxfordshire.

Fiona Hooker

Communications and Campaigns Officer

Fiona leads on media relations for SCCS, and 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, and sending newsletters. 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.

Morag Wells

Communications Assistant

Morag has joined the team as a Communications Assistant in the run up to COP26. She has a background in music and arts festivals and events, and grew up surrounded by nature in the Hebrides. She is keenly aware of the potential impact of the climate crisis on fragile communities and cultures.

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. Before SCCS, she worked at RSPB Scotland, where she led on people-facing work, including media and comms, membership and fundraising, visitor experience and education. Prior to that she worked for Patrick Harvie MSP and 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 works on coordinating events and managing the Climate Hub for the COP26. She has a degree in Environment and Business Sustainability from the University of Leeds. She has also worked as a climate change educator, chess and DJ teacher. Tami is an events enthusiast and has organised the largest activist gathering in Leeds – a 200 person food waste banquet and sustainable arts festival.

Veronica Kocovska

Climate Fringe Coordinator

As Climate Fringe Coordinator, Veronica brings 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 also on the board of Open Seas and on the advisory board for the Glasgow Caledonian University Centre for Climate Justice.

Simon Anderson

Simon works at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), an independent policy research institute, on monitoring and evaluation for learning, gender equality and issues of sustainable development universality. He is co-chair of IIED’s gender equality champions network. Through his work, Simon is exploring how to use realist approaches to learning at the interfaces of gender equality and universality. In addition, Simon has worked as a researcher and as a research manager for DFID, Wye College London University and the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Mexico.

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.

Jamie Livingstone

Jamie has been Head of Oxfam Scotland since 2013 having joined as Campaigns & Communications Manager in 2011. He was previously a print & broadcast journalist, including Political Correspondent on STV News. He currently oversees Oxfam’s policy, campaigns and communications in Scotland. Jamie is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee in Scotland and a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Based in Edinburgh, he became a Director of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland in 2014.

Philip Matthews

Phil Matthews has worked on sustainable development and climate change for over 25 years in the public, private and third sector. He is currently the Executive Director of Nuleaf, representing local government on nuclear decommissioning and waste management. He previously worked at the Sustainable Development Commission (auditing the Scottish Government’s performance), and at CAG Consultants (delivering a range of strategic work on climate change mitigation and adaptation). Phil has previously held a number of non-executive roles including Chair of Transform Scotland and Non-Executive Director of Zero Waste Scotland.

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 for over 20 years. With Friends of the Earth Scotland, she campaigned for the introduction of a strong Freedom of Information Act and and pushed for greater action on energy efficiency. As head of Global Justice Now in Scotland, she focussed on Scotland’s first Climate Change Act as well as activities around Make Poverty History. Since 2009, Kirstie has been freelance, aiding a number of organisations and networks including WWF Scotland, Scotland’s International Development Alliance (formerly NIDOS), the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and BAFTA albert with campaign strategy, delivery and facilitation.

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.