Originally from Edinburgh, I’ve lived and worked Highlands for ten years. My work is in Sustainable Community Development supporting people to design more sustainable means of living for themselves and their community.
I have first-hand experience of locally-owned renewable energy, local investment, car share schemes, and ways of distributing locally produced food, among other sustainability-related initiatives. I am the lead faculty for a course in sustainable village design, delivering content on governance and decision-making as well as design thinking.
Food security and resilience are a particular passion for me. I have developed an outdoor community-based learning space intended to reconnect people to where food comes from. During my time as a Director of Transition Town Forres, I collaborated with NHS Grampian and several other third sector organisations to deliver the Healthy Eating programme.
Before moving to the Highlands, I lived in New York City, where the issues of climate change are pressing. During my time there, I co-founded the New York Climate Action Group and worked with Time’s Up! an environmental organisation on their sustainable transport campaigns. I designed and delivered climate change curriculums for 9 to10-year-old school children and worked with a team to establish new community gardens in the South Bronx for people of all ages to relearn how to work with nature.
I want to bring my experience in sustainable community development and design thinking to Westminster, so we can take immediate action to respond to the Climate Emergency.