Board members

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Professor James Curran

Chair

James Curran originally researched in hydrometeorology and oceanography and then served as an environmental regulator of industry and land managers. He later specialised in policy and strategy development, including horizon-scanning, futurology and management of research portfolios. He has often provided end-user input to UK research steering groups and reviews. At one point he also created and ran an eco-retail and catering business, then returned to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency as Director of Science & Strategy and subsequently as Chief Executive and Board member where he led on transformation.

He has served on Ministerial groups including biodiversity, green growth, hydronation, and zero waste, and on expert panels including fracking. He has experience of governing boards such as the Foundation for Water Research and was elected chair of the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum. Currently he is an honorary professor at Stirling University and serves on the advisory board to the Management School. He is a non-executive member of the Scottish Government’s climate change delivery board.

Professor Marian Scott OBE

University of Glasgow

Marian Scott has been Professor of Environmental Statistics at the University of Glasgow since 2000. She has a BSc (Hons) in Statistics from the University of Glasgow, and her PhD was in radiometric dating (jointly with Chemistry and Statistics). She is a chartered statistician, an elected fellow of the International Statistical Institute and in 2005 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She was until 2006, chair of the Royal Statistical Society, Environmental Statistics Section, and is a member of the Environmetrics Society and a trustee of Statistics in Public Resources, Utilities and Environment (SPRUCE). She has been active in promoting the cause of interdisciplinary research particularly with regard to Statistics within the Environmental Sciences.

Her research interests comprise environmetrics (the application of statistical and numerical methods to the observation of the environment), spatial data analysis, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, radiocarbon dating, modelling of long-lived radio-nuclides, and aerial monitoring of radiation fields. Current research projects include modelling river and sea loch water quality, the impact of climate change on eutrophication (and in general modelling trends), the role of Statistics in providing evidence based environmental policy, and modelling long-range transport of atmospheric pollutants.

Dr. Roddy Yarr, Assistant Director

Sustainability and Environmental Management
University of Strathclyde

Roddy works within the Estates Services Team and together with colleagues is leading the University’s operational approach to tackling climate change adaptation. Planning is underway to implement solutions that reduce the amount and speed of surface water runoff from the University campus as part of a major phase of development. Some of the challenges of the campus are the steep topography in a heavily built up city centre area and designing solutions that can manage more intense rainfall in a sustainable manner and integrating this into an existing urban drainage network.

Dr Duncan Booker

Sustainable Glasgow Manager and Chief Resilience Officer
Glasgow City Council

The Council is represented on the Board of the Climate Ready Clyde partnership by Dr Duncan Booker, who is Sustainable Glasgow Manager and Chief Resilience Officer.   He has more than twenty years’ experience of policy development in local government and previously served in the Council Leader’s office.  Duncan is directly responsible for reporting on climate issues within the Council and his team is currently developing a climate change adaptation action plan for the city itself. 

Glasgow City Council serves a population of more than 600,000 residents and delivers a wide range of statutory services, as well as exercising a broader leadership role in supporting community wellbeing and empowerment. Its City Government has made a series of key commitments to developing a lower carbon, sustainable and climate adapted Glasgow.  The Council had a strong role in helping to establish Climate Ready Clyde and continues to play its part in other major city-regional partnerships, such as City Deal, the Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership, and the GCV Green Network. Glasgow is the only Scottish member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s global 100 Resilient Cities network, with its submission to join this prestigious grouping having been based on the need to adapt to the local weather impacts of inexorable global climate change. The city is also a signatory to the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives. 

Sylvia Gray

Acting Sustainability Policy Team Leader
East Dunbartonshire Council

Sylvia has worked in sustainable development since 2001, mainly for East Dunbartonshire Council, where she is currently Acting Leader of the Sustainability Policy Team. In this role, Sylvia co-ordinates and supports sustainability at a strategic, organisation-wide level, working with a broad range of partners internally, locally, regionally and nationally.

Current policy priorities include the preparation of a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, bringing various services together to take stock of existing good practice and to stimulate a more joined-up, progressive approach.

Martin Johnson

Sustainability Manager
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Neal Deasley

SEPA

Ken Forbes

North Lanarkshire Council

Lesley Hinshelwood

South Lanarkshire Council

Julie Nicol

East Renfrewshire Council

Bruce Kiloh

Head of Policy
SPT

Stephanie Williamson

West Dunbartonshire Council

Graham Edmond

Head of Sustainable Engineering
Transport Scotland

Graham is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a graduate of Heriot Watt University. He has worked in numerous positions in the Scottish Office and Transport Scotland , managing the design and delivery of new roads including the M74 completion, Aberdeen Western Peripheral/Balmedie-Tipperty project, the M8 M73 and M74 project, the A96 Inveramsay Bridge improvement and the A9 Kincraig to Dalraddy improvement as part of the A9 dualling programme

He has also been responsible for the day to day maintenance of the 3,500 km of trunk roads in Scotland, managing the trunk road operating companies and DBFO companies. Moving to Transport Scotland’s Major Projects in 2015 Graham acted as Head of Construction for responsible for the programme of the construction new trunk road projects in Scotland. Graham is an active in a number of climate research projects and is now responsible for adaptation of the trunk road network to cope with the effects of climate change.

Graham is highly regarded in the Transport Sector, and has been on the judging panel for a number of annual awards including the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards and Ground Engineering Magazine Annual Awards. He is also the Junior Vice Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Scotland.

Faye Tester

Environment Manager at SGN

I’m the Environment Manager for Scotland and have been with SGN since 2009 in various roles. I am really passionate about the Environment and Climate change and spent most of my lunchbreaks and evenings since I joined SGN studying for an Open University degree in Environmental Management and Technology. I’m keen to put my new skills to the test and help improve our environmental performance and support the great work that is already being undertaken. Adaptation is an interesting area and I’m keen to get involved and learn more