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.

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.

Dr Kenny Taylor
Vice Chair (Convenor, Conservation Committee)

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.

Members of Council

Andrew Binnie 
Council Member (Deputy Convenor, Conservation Committee)

Andrew is a marine conservationist based on Arran with an MSc in ecosystems management. As Director of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust, he led on delivering the South Arran Marine Protected Area. He has appeared on radio and TV advocating a ban on scallop dredging and worked for conservation and development groups in Scotland and Papua New Guinea. He has over 30 years’ experience in business and NGO management gained with charities, volunteer agencies and in educational publishing.

Carey Coombs

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.

Dr Tim Duffy
Council Member

Tim is currently Vice-Chair and Planning Secretary of the Trust’s Lothians Group. He has previously served terms as Chair of that group and as a Trustee on the Trust’s Council, during which time he cycled between all the Trust’s wildlife reserves to raise money for the 50th anniversary. Currently a member of the Council’s Conservation sub-committee, Tim wishes to serve again on the Council to help see through the new five-year plan. Tim has three degrees in ecology and is now studying botany, Gaelic and clarsach, as well as being Head of Geoscience Interoperability at the British Geological Survey.

Deryck Irving
Council Member

A qualified ecologist and Head of Strategic Development for the Central Scotland Green Network – Europe’s largest greenspace project – Deryck has over 30 years’ experience of environmental projects in Scotland. This has included working directly with communities and also supporting environmental policy development with national and local government – with a particular emphasis on wildlife and people, climate change and the role of natural habitats as key components of the green infrastructure of our towns and cities. He has an international reputation as an urban ‘placemaker’. Deryck recently chaired the Trust’s review of its approach to volunteering.

Karen McKellar

Karen has 27 years experience as a senior UK equity investment manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments. She managed around £6bn of funds for retail, wholesale and institutional clients and received many industry leading awards and rankings. Karen graduated from Strathclyde University with a Honours degree in Economics in 1990 and is also AIMR qualified.

She is a passionate supporter of the countryside and in her free time enjoys walking, yoga and travel

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.

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.

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.

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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