Holly MacQueen, Finance & Admin Officer, Outer Hebrides Climate Hub
A recent law graduate,, Holly maintained her interest in the environmental field by taking renewable and sustainability modules throughout University, focusing legal projects on environmental law and community empowerment. Having spent many a summer visiting family in Lewis, Holly decided there would be no better place to study for her post-graduate and is now currently half way through her MSc in Sustainable Rural Development. She enjoys paddle boarding when the island weather permits and exploring different walking routes around Lewis and Harris.
Christopher Smail, Outreach & Engagement Officer, Our Climate Story
Christopher moved to the Outer Hebrides in 2019, where he founded The Hebridean Community Garden project on the West Side of Lewis. Originally from the Scottish Borders, he holds degrees in environmental humanities and sustainability. He is a keen wild swimmer and gardener, with a passion for woodland conservation.
Caroline Willis, Outreach & Engagement Officer, Our Climate Story
Caroline is a Geography graduate and completed her dissertation in climate modelling. Caroline previously worked in marine conservation, working for the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. She will be working on the Our Climate Story project, covering Uist and Barra.
Climate Hebrides CIC Board
Brian Whitington, Director
Brian has worked on climate change mitigation action across the UK for 25 years, mostly around energy in the home and community buildings. He is a qualified adult education teacher (PGCE), with a subject specialism in community environmental activities, unique in the UK. He has developed community training for climate activists across the UK and the EU. For the last 9 years he has worked in the Outer Hebrides, drawing together partnerships for community action on energy and climate change. He sits on the OHCPP Climate Change Group, Uist Local Energy Plan and acts as a consultant on energy and climate change.
He holds an MSc in public administration from London University. Brian is a local food producer in the islands using crofter and community owned land reared meats, no plastics in packaging and an electric vehicle for transporting products.
Euan Scott, Director
Euan has an academic background in ecology and biological sciences. Upon moving to Barra he has project managed a range of renewable energy and infrastructure projects including the community wind turbine and the Castlebay marina. He has an eclectic range of interests ranging from oyster cultivation, whole system approaches to renewable energy, GIS and learning Gaelic, and has worked with the Coimhearsnachd Bharraidh agus Bhatarsaidh Ltd since 2007. He is currently working on a number of projects with a focus on sustainable development enabled through holistic low-carbon solutions including: a pilot seaweed farm and a techno-economic options appraisal of a planned processing facility; a coastal esplanade active travel project; the implementation of the Barra & Vatersay local energy plan and representing the community company in the RIPEET, EPSRC Decentralised Water Technologies and Scottish Government’s Carbon Neutral Island projects with the Island Centre for Net Zero project being a likely addition to the list as of 2023.
Carolyn MacPhee, Director
Carolyn has 20 years experience in the energy sector including oil & gas and manufacturing. Enjoying a rural upbringing in farming and fishing villages along the Eastern Seaboard of Scotland and despite moving to the Western Isles in 2016, her Harris croft is also on the East Coast. Her education includes studying Plant & Soil Sciences at undergraduate level and more recently, completing an MBA. An ethical vegan, Carolyn's climate foci lie in sustainable practices, investigation of circular economy and waste management. Carolyn is currently employed in the Third Sector and involved in a variety of community aspects including climate change, social justice & economic recovery.
Alasdair McKenzie, Director
Alasdair is an archaeologist, crofter and heritage management professional living in Benbecula. He holds an M.A and M.Phil in Archaeology from University of Glasgow and his research interests includes the Atlantic Iron Age settlement, architecture and identity. He has worked on various surveys and excavations across Uist and is a committee member for the Uist Community Archaeology Group. He has a particular interest and experience in: planning policy development and delivery, marine planning, environmental assessment, placemaking, retrofitting traditional buildings and historic places, agricultural reform and landscape management, community empowerment and community asset transfer, land rights and responsibilities, climate adaptation and learning from past people, intangible cultural heritage and community archaeology, engaging people with heritage, nature and science.
Climate Hebrides CIC was formed through discussions and work carried out by the Community Planning Partnership's Climate Change Working Group and is supported by an advisory board.
If you would like to become a member of the advisory board, please do get in touch.