As a membership organisation, the Trust is governed by a Council of Trustees elected by members.

Each year Council reports to the members at the AGM. Trustees are elected either at the AGM or by postal voting in accordance with the rules laid down in the Articles of Association.

The Trust’s activities are bound by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, which is regulated by OSCR. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is also a company limited by guarantee and all Trustees are registered as directors of the company. The running of the day-to-day operations is delegated to the Chief Executive, who is responsible for the employment of staff.

Chair and Vice Chairs

Get in touch

To contact the Chairman, Vice-Chairs or any member of Council, please call 0131 312 7765, or e-mail

Robin Harper

Born in Caithness in 1940, Robin Harper was educated in London and Aberdeen. In 1999, he became the first member of the Green Party to be elected to Parliament. He was the sole representative of the Green Party in the Scottish Parliament until 2003, where the party won a further six seats.

As convener of the Scottish Green Party, he has been instrumental in the rising profile of the Green political movement in the UK. His previous career as a teacher – working in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Kenya – has given him deeply-held convictions in both educational and environmental issues, and his cheerful, positive demeanour ensures he is a lively and regular presence in the media.

Dr Jon Barnes
Vice Chair (Convenor, Conservation Committee)

Jon is a biologist at Glasgow University (Honorary Research Fellow since October 2006), a current member of Council and Convenor of Conservation Committee. He has been an active member of the Trust since the late 1960s, mostly as a member of the Clyde Group, including periods as Vice-Chairman (1985 to 2003) and Chairman (2003 to 2006).

He was a member of the Trust’s Committee of Inquiry (2002) and has served on Council from 1985 to 1992 and 2006 to 2009. Jon organised “Oor Wullie’s Wildlife Garden” at the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988 and is a member of a wildlife sites’ survey team. He is currently producing a nature trail for Partick, in Glasgow. His other interests include cricket and hill walking.

Karen Chambers
Vice Chair (Groups and Watch)

Karen has been engaged with the Scottish urban and rural environments for over 20 years, working with a wide range of government organisations and local communities, particularly at the interface between people and the natural environment. Before establishing her own practice, Karen was Associate Director of an Edinburgh environmental planning consultancy and, for two years, Project Officer for the Millennium Forest for Scotland.

Karen has lectured in ecology to Masters landscape design students at Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities and has co-produced a couple of environmental documentaries. Spare time activities include printmaking and hillwalking. She has three grown children.

Amanda Forsyth
Vice Chair (Finance)

A graduate of St Andrews University and longstanding member of the Trust, Amanda qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 before moving into investment management, initially with Greig Middleton before moving to Standard Life (later to become Standard Life Investments) to work on the UK Equities team. Here, she managed several unit trusts, including the UK Equity Growth Fund; she also managed the UK Ethical Fund from its launch in 1998 until 2004, by which time the fund’s performance was in the top quartile of the UK All Companies sector.

In 2004, she left Standard Life Investments to take up an investor relations role at Standard Life Group, ahead of its demutualisation and float on the UK Stock Exchange. In 2006, she moved to work at Adam & Company to manage portfolios for charity clients, including the Scottish Wildlife Trust. She now works for Murray Asset Management as an investment manager, with special responsibility for new business development. As part of this, she contributes regularly to BBC Radio Scotland’s “Good Morning Scotland” programme, providing comment on economic and stock market matters. In her spare time she enjoys singing in the choir of St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Members of Council

Tony Cameron Esq C.B.
Council Member

Tony Cameron, who grew up in the Scottish countryside but now lives in Edinburgh, is proud to have been a member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust for 25 years. He believes that Scotland’s wildlife continues to need protection and that the Trust is best placed to champion and deliver it.

Prior to his retirement, he was Board Chairman and Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, and also worked as Head of Agriculture and Food for the Scottish Executive. Since retiring, Tony has served as Chairman for a large international charity, and later became Chair of leading Scottish social care charity.

James Campbell
Council Member

A former Chief Officer of Lothian & Borders and Fife Fire and Rescue Services and currently a Non-Executive Director of The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, James’s passion for wildlife stems from his childhood. He has studied rural and urban wildlife across Scotland and is driven to do his utmost to ensure Scotland’s natural habitat and wildlife thrives for future generations.

James brings significant experience in working closely with communities and in negotiating with local and central governments to the Trust. He has particular expertise in strategic and business planning, transformational change and managing budgets within tight spending constraints.

Alastair Grier
Council Member

Alastair is a former Chief Operating Officer of Business & Commercial Banking at The Royal Bank of Scotland, based in Edinburgh. Alastair started work as a Graduate Trainee Derivatives Trader at AIG in 1993, joining Glaxo Welcome in 1996 in a variety of UK roles before moving into manufacturing division procurement across North and South America, Asia and Africa. Alastair joined RBS in 2003 as Global Head of IT Purchasing and has held a number of senior roles.

Married with two children, Alastair is keen on most sports, coaching rugby at a local school. He has a keen interest in environmental issues.

Deryck Irving
Council Member

A qualified ecologist, Deryck has almost 30 years’ experience of environmental projects in Scotland with a particular emphasis on urban wildlife. Deryck has a wide range of experience working directly with communities and also supporting environmental policy development with national and local government. Deryck has an international reputation as an urban ‘placemaker’. In his work role at Greenspace Scotland, he has recently pioneered new approaches to the management of the urban environment in the face of climate change and the role of natural habitats as key components of green infrastructure of our towns and cities.

Michael Johnston
Council Member

Michael is a media professional with a strong track record in business management and has worked in press, radio and television. He led the integration of The Scotsman Publishing Ltd into Johnston Press plc and was Managing Director of The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Evening News & scotsman. com. Michael is a board member of Butterfly Conservation and Creative Edinburgh, a governor of St Columba’s Hospice and a former director of the Edinburgh International Festival. Michael is also vice president of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. He has a passion for wildlife and the environment.

David Lindgren
Council Member

David Lindgren has been a corporate lawyer for more than half his life, working in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. He currently works as a partner in a legal firm in Edinburgh, but sometimes feels that he only lives when he goes to his little house in the Cairngorms Nation Park each weekend. His knowledge of corporate governance and general legalistic approach is of particular use to the Boards of the other public organisations on which he sits. He aims to bring this and his passion for Scotland’s wildlife and countryside to the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

Colin Macintosh
Council Member

Graduating from St Andrews University (Botany, 1973), Colin joined the Council for Nature (London) as secretary and editor of the journal Habitat before moving into public administration. He retired from City of Edinburgh Council in 2007; his career experience encompassing human resources and facilities management. In Yorkshire (2007-2015), Colin was Chairman of Azerley Parish Council and Trustee of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (2012-2015).

On moving to Aberfeldy, he joined Dun Coillich Community Land Trust and became a committee member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire Local Group. His wildlife interests centre on birds, botany and badgers – currently comparing the behaviour of Highland badger groups with lowland badgers.

Robbie Mann
Council Member

Robbie Mann was born in Ayrshire and says that his interest in nature originated from countryside walks with a very knowledgeable grandfather. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the Ayrshire Group. In the past he has helped run various clubs, chairing a few, and was an Area Director on the Scottish National Ski Council representing the south west of Scotland.

His other interests are photography (nature photography in particular) and walking. He is 55 years old and has worked in the aircraft industry since leaving school. He is currently the Chair of Trustees of Spirit AeroSystems pension scheme.

Nicola Munro
Council Member

As Head of Environmental Policy in the Scottish Government, Nicola led work on aspects of natural heritage including wildlife protection, national parks and sponsorship of Scottish Natural Heritage. That work also extended to biodiversity, climate change and sustainability. In the post that followed, her work spanned reform of the planning system and responsibility for charity regulation, volunteering band social inclusion. Since retirement, Nicola has been a board member of two Scottish charities and Scotland’s consumer council. Exploring Scotland’s countryside and wildlife sites has always been a pleasure and an education. Nicola is married with two grown-up children and one nature-hungry grandchild.

Dr Kenny Taylor
Council Member

Dr Kenny Taylor is a Black-Isle-based writer, broadcaster and lecturer with a background in animal behaviour, ecology, wildlife surveys, conservation and the media. Formerly the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Northern Officer, he has played prominent roles in campaigns and debate about peatland afforestation, mountain development, the buy-out of Eigg, GM crop trials and restoration of native woodlands and native species.

Former Chair of many groups – including Trees for Life and Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Action – he continues to be involved in a variety of groups promoting environmental education and local arts. Kenny is known across Scotland for his many books, magazine features, talks and broadcasts.

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