People

SCCAN’s work circles are supported by a small team of paid staff and freelancers. We currently also have a team of staff supporting the development of regional networks across much of Scotland.

Staff

Joana Avi-Lorie

Story Weaver & Event Coordinator

I’m a writer, artist and student researcher working with climate anxiety, stories and children. I joined SCCAN because I wanted to learn about and contribute to community climate action. I am also interested in sociocracy as a way to create positive change that can cascade across different areas of society.

Contact: events@sccan.scot or stories@sccan.scot

Jean-Matthieu Gaunand

Membership Engagement and Support Coordinator

I am responsible for overseeing the development and promotion of the Climate for Change conversations programme throughout Scotland and for delivering training and engagement activities to our members. With a background in community project management, I started working at SCCAN in 2018 as SCCAN communications coordinator and later as Network Weaver.

Contact: jean-matthieu@sccan.scot

Kaska Hempel

Story Weaver & Climate for Change Manager

Based in Tayport, North East Fife, I have worked in climate communication and digital community storytelling for 8 years, with PLANT group, Tayport Community Trust and with Transition University of St Andrews and now SCCAN. I believe empowering individuals and communities to share their stories of climate action can drive real change. I take care of 1000 Better Stories podcast, related training and audio storyteller collective for change.

Contact: stories@sccan.scot

Gill Davies

Regional Network Programme Manager

Contact: gill@sccan.scot

Laura Forde

Finance & Admin Weaver

Following a 20 year career in banking, I joined SCCAN to help build a responsible and sustainable future for my children. I support SCCAN staff and volunteers by helping in aspects of finance, human resources and administration. I enjoy yoga, jigsaws and the Scottish countryside, celebrating local business and raising awareness of disabilities especially invisible ones.  

Contact: laura@sccan.scot

Board Members

Pat Abel

SCCAN Board Member

Pamela Candea

SCCAN Board Member

Based in Stirling, a founding member of Transition Stirling, I have been with SCCAN almost since its inception, believing strongly that grassroots initiatives, supporting each other, are key to moving toward a more sustainable, more democratic society.

Eva Schonveld

SCCAN Board Member

I am a climate activist, writer and process designer and facilitator. I work with Grassroots to Global, which takes a psychological and cultural approach to catalyse and explore better ways to make our collective decisions that can enable meaningful change locally, nationally and internationally.

Philip Revell

SCCAN Board Member

I’m a community activist, independent researcher, project manager, potter and grandad. Building strong networks for those involved in community-led action seems crucial at this time if we are to envision and start creating a society in which everyone can thrive in a flourishing environment, locally and globally.

Contact: convenor@sccan.scot

Emma Yule

SCCAN Board Member

I work on projects that engage and inspire people to take climate action and begin their journey into climate science and climate justice. I am a PhD researcher and tutor at Edinburgh University focused on extreme weather and climate adaptation. I was listed on the Scottish Power COP26 Green Power List for her climate action work.

Iryna Zamuruieva

SCCAN Board Member

Investing in Regional Networks – Support Staff

Gordie Campbell

The Scottish Borders Regional Network Coordinator

Contact: gordie@sccan.scot

Steven Clark

Dumfries & Galloway Climate Action Network Coordinator

Working across East Asia as a broadcast journalist and editor for many years, the impact of climate change was made strikingly clear when I was deployed into natural disasters.  I joined SCCAN because it offered an opportunity to work with climate action groups in a just, inclusive and effective manner.

Contact: steven@sccan.scot

Iona Gilmour

Ayrshire Regional Network Coordinator

Contact: iona@sccan.scot

Lykka Harris (she/her or they/them)

Glasgow Regional Network Coordinator

My work background is a variety of organisations from the visual impairment sector to a music festival – the common themes being cooperation and bringing people together. Glasgow has a strong history of resistance and resilience, I am proud to call my home. In my spare time, I’m involved in climate and social justice projects.

Contact: lykka@sccan.scot

Julian Holbrook

Mid Lothian Regional Network Coordinator

Contact: julian@sccan.scot

Ian Malcolm

East Lothian Climate Action Network Coordinator

I am a retired Civil Servant within the Scottish Government, latterly Climate Change and Energy, with past experience in Scottish Enterprise, the University of Strathclyde and in event management also.  My passions are building community, social enterprise, early medieval history, the big outdoors and tackling climate change.

Contact: ian@sccan.scot

Joe McConnell

Ayrshire Regional Network Coordinator

Contact: joe@sccan.scot

Taya Mozagba

West Lothian Climate Action Network Coordinator

Having moved around the globe with my family from a young age opened my eyes to environmental consciousness at a time when not many spoke about it. I have a background in life science but decided to follow my passion after becoming a mum. Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors with my family and exercising.

Contact: taya@sccan.scot

Kate Munro

Tayside Regional Network Coordinator

Contact: kate@sccan.scot

Gill Murray-Dickson

Lanarkshire Regional Network Coordinator

Contact: gillmd@sccan.scot

Alison/Allasan Stockwell (she/they)

Western Isles Climate Action Network Coordinator

Located in Uist, I am acutely aware of the effects of climate change on coastal communities. With a background in art & education I have worked with communities across the UK on creative and place based projects. Being neurodiverse I am keen on developing an inclusive and positive space for groups to connect.

Contact: alison@sccan.scot

Marie Stonehouse

Argyll & Bute Regional Network Engagement Coordinator

Based in sunny Dunoon, I am responsible for the network engagement within Argyll and Bute, bringing together community groups to be supported by a regional hub. Prior to that I worked in senior management and procurement. When not working me and my two scotty dogs can be found exploring the Cowal Countryside.

Contact: marie@sccan.scot

Circle Members

Zainab Al Lawati

Volunteer and Climate for Change Conversations Facilitator

I am very passionate about planet conservation. I think it very important to look after the environment and address the climate emergency, which is why I joined SCCAN. I also joined because SCCAN follows sociocracy, which enables each person to have a voice, which is essential too.

Hazel Darwin-Clements

Storyteller, Community Climate Action Project worker

I’m interested in how to inspire effective community climate action in an artistic, meaningful and joyful way. My background is in theatre and arts, but I also freelance for a Porty Community Energy, run a cargo bike library, Community Fridge and Car Pool as well as organising Community Energy/Heat conversations.

Andrea Elder

SCCAN Volunteer

Andrea Harrower

Development Worker at Greener Kirkcaldy

I started as a Media Volunteer at Greener Kirkcaldy in 2014. I joined their staff in 2021, coordinating the events schedule and marketing and communications activities. I also have a keen interest in media production as it is in this area I got my degree.

Dominique O’Connor

SCCAN Volunteer

Katie Revell

Audio Producer

I’m an audio producer with a particular focus on food, farming and the climate crisis. For me, being involved in community climate action is a way of feeling connected and useful, and getting a regular dose of positivity – a necessary antidote to the frustration and despair that often comes with dwelling too much on the global situation!

Jenny Storey

Website Coordinator

Having grown up in the German countryside shaped my personality and I’ve been passionate about environmental protection from a young age. I help working on SCCAN’s website and am always eager to get involved in climate action. In my free time I love going for forest walks and exploring Edinburgh.

Mary Troup

SCCAN Volunteer

Alette Willis

SCCAN Volunteer