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 Chair, Vice-Chairs or any member of Council, please call 0131 312 7765, or email

Linda Rosborough

Linda retired as the Director of Marine Scotland in 2016. She has enjoyed a long career in the civil service, and has advised the House of Commons Environment Select Committee. She holds a PhD in environmental planning and is a keen walker, cyclist and canoeist.

Dr Tim Duffy
Vice Chair (Watch and Groups)

Tim is currently Vice-Chair and Planning Secretary of the Trust’s Lothians members Group. He has previously served terms as Chair of that group and many terms as a Trustee on this Council, during which time he has cycled between all the Trust’s wildlife reserves to raise money for the 50th anniversary. Currently Vice-Convenor of the Council’s Conservation sub-committee and recently retired from a career in the Natural Environment Research Council, Tim has three degrees in ecology and is now studying botany, Gaelic, Chinese painting, calligraphy and the clarsach!

Dr Ian Jardine OBE
Vice Chair (Convenor, Conservation Committee)

Ian was born in Edinburgh and lives in Perthshire. He has degrees in Ecology and Zoology and spent most of his career with Scottish Natural Heritage (now NatureScot) where he was Chief Executive for 15 years. He also worked for Scottish Government and the European Commission, helping to review its nature legislation. He has a life long interest in wildlife and in helping people to experience and enjoy it sustainably. He is also a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

Bill Lambert
Vice Chair (Finance)

Bill worked in the investment management industry for 27 years, holding a range of positions from fund management to oversight of investment activity.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney in London, Bill moved to work in fund management with Martin Currie in Edinburgh. Bill moved to Standard Life Investments in 2003, where he was a member of the Executive, holding a range of responsibilities across the global Investment Team. These included responsibility for oversight of all investment activity globally and the Sustainable Investment.

Bill retired from Standard Life Investments in March 2017 and now holds a number of non-executive roles. Bill is an active participant in a number of outdoor activities, including golf and hill walking.

Members of Council

Chris Arnold
Council Member

Chris’s passion for nature is borne from being brought up in the countryside and, more recently, living next to a Local Nature Reserve in Edinburgh. He has particular interests in birds and bees, having completed a beginners’ beekeeping course. A member of several conservation charities, Chris has been involved in a number of charity fundraisers and is a keen wildlife photographer, regularly contributing photographs to nature websites. Having retired in 2016 from a career in construction law, Chris now holds various voluntary roles, including as a Trustee of the Scottish Seabird Centre and the founding Chair of the Scops Arts Trust.

Julian Caldecott
Council Member

As an ecologist, Julian has mainly worked on tropical wildlife research and conservation, and on consulting and writing about solutions to challenges around biodiversity, ecosystems, water and climate change. His priorities include promoting ‘peace with nature’ and the climate emergency response by advising official aid donors on partnership-based ecosystem protection, education and governance. His interests include history, natural history, and exploring Scotland’s landscapes. His key aim is to promote globally aware and networked actions that build on Scotland’s precious resource of public enthusiasm for safeguarding heritage, natural beauty and ecological integrity.

Carey Coombs
Council Member

Carey is a tenant farmer in South Lanarkshire. He farms 900 acres at Dunsyre near the southern end of the Pentland Hills. He owns one of the largest herds of pedigree Beef Shorthorns in Scotland. The herd is run alongside a flock of approximately 460 Lleyn ewes.

Carey has a degree in Agricultural Botany and Marine Biology from UCNW Bangor. He started farming on a Forestry Commission smallholding near Hawick before moving to Argyll where he farmed for five years at the southern end of Loch Awe. He has served as a trustee on the Board of the Soil Association, and has worked in Agricultural Policy for Soil Association Scotland and the RSPB. He has also chaired the Agricultural Task Force of Scottish Environment Link. He has been a long serving director of the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society including as President, and currently chairs the Breed Development Committee of the Society.

Alasdair Lemon
Council Member and Young Leader

Alasdair is the Group Secretary for Stirling and Clackmannanshire Group and one of the Trust’s Young Leader. He has an Honour’s degree in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Having previously worked for Froglife and Buglife he is currently the Conservation Officer for Argyll for the RSPB. At university, he was elected Students’ Union Vice President for Equality and Diversity, and he founded and became President of the Students’ Union’s Marine Society. He is eager to help provide a youth perspective to help shape the Trust’s future.

Craig Marshall
Council Member

Craig has worked in financial management roles within the public sector for nearly 20 years, specialising in financial planning and strategy. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, he initially worked within the NHS holding a range of responsibilities before moving to Historic Environment Scotland in 2018. In addition, he is the treasurer and a trustee of the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home as well as being actively involved in the governance of the Scottish Seabird Centre. In his spare time, Craig enjoys various outdoor activities as well as growing his vinyl collection.

John Morris
Council Member

John was educated at Allan Glen’s School in Glasgow and thereafter at Strathclyde University where he graduated with an LLB Law degree in 1975. He worked in the legal profession for over 40 years, retiring from full-time employment in April 2017, but continues to sit as a Sheriff and High Court Judge on a part-time basis. Primarily residing in Edinburgh, John also spends time in his house in Angus which is very close to the Trust’s Loch of Lintrathen Wildlife Reserve, where he spends a great deal of his spare time.

Anthony Robson
Council Member

A financial services solicitor, Anthony is a member of the Friends of Figgate Park committee in Edinburgh. As well as being responsible for the production of a wildlife calendar to raise funds for improvements to the park, he gives talks to local schools and community groups about the park’s wildlife which includes kingfishers and the occasional otter. A keen traveller, cyclist, wildlife photographer and artist, he is a member of a number of conservation charities and a ‘Capturing our Coast’ participant. Anthony is going to attempt to visit every Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve during his tenure as a Trustee.

Emma Steel
Council Member and Young Leader

Emma grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Stirlingshire and has a degree in Zoology and an MSc in Environmental Science, both from Aberdeen University. Currently, she works as Policy Officer for Whale and Dolphin Conservation, expanding the Shorewatch citizen science programme into the Northern Isles (Orkney, Shetland and Fair Isle). Shorewatch involves training and supporting local community volunteers to collect sightings data on whales, dolphins and porpoises. Based in Stromness, Orkney, Emma also volunteers as a Young Leader for the Scottish Wildlife Trust and is the Internal Communications Officer with A Focus On Nature. Emma is passionate about Scotland’s wildlife and enjoys spending time by the coast.

Jane Stuart-Smith
Council Member

Jane lives close to Rahoy Hills in Argyll and has served as a member of the Management Committee for the reserve for several years. She is an employment lawyer specialising in discrimination issues and has experience advising Boards on strategic and HR matters. Living and working in the remote peninsular of Morvern, Jane is passionate about the importance of Living Landscapes and the connection between communities and nature in the wilder areas of Scotland. She is co-founder and manager of the award-winning Whitehouse Restaurant in Lochaline, a member of the Agricultural Wages Board and has been a trustee of several local charities.

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