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Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Phil Matthews is Transform Scotland’s Chair
Phil has worked on sustainable development issues for over 20 years. He is currently the Executive Director of NuLeAF (Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum) the body representing local government in discussions on nuclear decommissioning and waste management, and also a Non-Executive Director of Zero Waste Scotland. Prior to his current role he worked for a number of years as Director of CAG Consultants. Between 2007 and 2010 Phil served as the Sustainable Development Commission’s (SDC) Senior Policy Advisor in Scotland, including a spell as the Acting Director. In this role he led a detailed annual audit of the Scottish Government’s performance on sustainable development, reporting to the First Minister. Originally from Aberdeen, Phil now lives in Edinburgh. He holds an Honours Degree in Geography from Edinburgh University and a Masters (with Distinction) in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University. LinkedIn profile
Cllr. Lesley Hinds is an Elected Member at The City of Edinburgh Council and is Transform Scotland’s Vice-Chair
Lesley Hinds first became a Councillor in 1984. Currently the Councillor for the Inverleith ward, she has held numerous positions in the council, including Leader and Lord Provost. 

Born in Dundee, she has lived in Edinburgh for 35 years in Drylaw, the area she represents. Lesley is a qualified primary school teacher. In addition she is a Past Chair of NHS Health Scotland, appointed by the Health Minister. She is currently the Convener of the CEC’s Transport, Infrastructure and Environment Committee.
BOARD 01-12-031 Stuart Hay is Head of Living Streets Scotland and is Transform Scotland’s Treasurer
Stuart Hay has been involved with Transform Scotland since 2003 and is currently company Treasurer. Throughout his career Stuart has had a strong interest in sustainability focused on the energy and transport sectors working on both project development, research and campaigns. In August 2014 he was appointed Head of Living Streets Scotland. Previously Stuart was a Senior Consultant at Changeworks, where he worked on a wide range of practical research projects, including: developing major energy efficiency schemes for the City of Edinburgh Council; European Union Funded initiatives; work for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Energy Saving Trust; and the Scottish Government, for whom he co-ordinated a peer review of the proposed Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing. In his early career he worked as a Parliamentary Researcher, Policy & Parliamentary Officer (Help the Aged), Policy Officer (Scottish Wildlife Trust) and as Head of Policy and Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES). He has a long-standing interest in transport, which stems from his studies in Town Planning at Heriot Watt University, from where he graduated in 1999 with an MA. LinkedIn profile
David Cannon is Group Public Affairs Director at CalMac Ferries Ltd and is Transform Scotland’s Company Secretary
David is the Group Public Affairs Manager for David MacBrayne Ltd (which includes CalMac Ferries Ltd). He has been working as a senior manager at CalMac for more than eight years, heading up its public affairs and media relations activity and has, as a result, developed a wide-ranging and detailed knowledge of ferry services in Scotland as well as a broader awareness of rural transport issues. David was recently a member of the bid team which secured the £1 billion tender for Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services. Prior to joining CalMac, David worked for 17 years at Scottish Enterprise where he worked on a number of high profile transport projects including the Superfast Roysth-Zeebrugge ferry service, the air route development fund and the development of ‘piggyback wagons’ to move trucks on to trains. LinkedIn profile
Emma Crowther is Travel and Transport Manager at The University of Edinburgh
Emma has worked in transport planning for the last 15 years and is currently the University of Edinburgh’s Travel and Transport Manager. She is responsible for the University’s transport strategy, complementing the recently launched Climate Strategy which aims for the University to be zero carbon by 2040. Her recent work has included the delivery and ongoing management of the University’s first student bike hire scheme, and expansion of electric vehicles within the fleet. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh with an MSc in Environmental Sustainability. Her early career was as a consultant with Colin Buchanan and Partners where she undertook public transport and active travel research projects for national and local government, and worked on town centre studies, pedestrian and cycling audits and transport assessments. Emma enjoys road cycling and commutes most days by bike.
Damien Henderson is Scottish Affairs and Media Manager at Virgin Trains
Damien leads Virgin Trains’ media and stakeholder engagement in Scotland where he has worked for the last four years. He was previously Transport Correspondent for The Herald where he covered everything from walking and cycling to buses, planes, trains and ferries – plus quite a few stories about trams. In his current role he has sought to drive awareness and support for the role that cross border rail plays in supporting Scotland’s economy, reducing CO2 emissions and improving connectivity. He is a passionate advocate for developing sustainable transport policy and understanding the wider societal role transport should play driving in economic development, inclusivity, decarbonisation, better health and urban planning. LinkedIn profile
Rebecca Bell is Senior Policy Officer (Climate and Energy) at RSPB Scotland
Rebecca works on energy and climate policy for RSPB Scotland, including supporting the delivery of RSPB’s 2050 Energy Vision project. She works with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and Scottish Environment LINK on climate change and energy issues, including asks relating to transport and travel. Rebecca brings ten years’ experience in local authority sustainability and climate change policy, and an understanding of how these issues manifest and are addressed across a range of policy areas, including travel, land-use planning and procurement. She also brings insight, experience and contacts from across the Scottish public sector, having been chair of the Sustainable Scotland Network for the last two years.

Our Staff

 TS staff photos-098 Director: Colin Howden
Colin has managed Transform Scotland since 1998 and has, in that time, published widely on all aspects of sustainable transport policy and practice. He was Board member and Treasurer of the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), our European umbrella body, from 2009 to 2012. Colin has been active in the environmental movement for over twenty years, and was until recently a Board member of Friends of the Earth Scotland. Prior to joining Transform Scotland, he studied economics at Aberdeen and Manchester universities. He can be reached on 07956 394121 or via this webform. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-012 Enterprise Manager: Elspeth Wray
Elspeth manages social enterprise, fundraising and membership for Transform Scotland. She works with transport operators, local authorities, campaign groups and charities to promote and improve sustainable transport in Scotland, as well as holding overall responsibility for Transform’s social enterprise design agency, Transform Creative. Elspeth has worked in the sustainability sector for the last fifteen years, managing projects on sustainability strategy, stakeholder relations, community engagement and environmental assessment. She previously worked as an Environmental Consultant for AMEC and Programme Manager in the Architecture and Built Environment team of the Design Council, where she established and managed new community grants, training and healthcare business development programmes. Her clients have included numerous local authorities, Government departments, the University of Edinburgh, Sutrans, Living Streets, European Commission, NHS Trusts, Water UK, Business in the Community and Standard Chartered Bank. Elspeth has also worked for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the US National Parks Service in Pennsylvania as a Partnership and Volunteer Coordinator. Elspeth has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and holds the Association for Project Management Professional Certificate. LinkedIn profile
Head of Fundraising: Emma Margrett
Emma started her environmental career volunteering at Friends of the Earth Scotland in 2002 and working at the Scottish Parliament and has subsequently worked at a number of national environmental, social enterprise and community-led organisations. Emma re-joined Transform in September 2016 as Head of Fundraising following 18 months at Zero Waste Scotland assisting the Head of Business Development and Planning. Emma represented Transform on the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund grants panel for three years and was previously on the Boards of Comrie Development Trust, New Caledonian Woodlands and Transform Scotland. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-071 Development Officer: Susan Warren
Susan is responsible for looking after Transform Scotland’s membership, fund-raising and developing new campaigns and programmes. She is also an experienced transport researcher, with areas of expertise ranging from transport audits through to consultation, community engagement, public policy and carbon foot-printing. She is particularly adept at engaging volunteers and communicating the benefits of sustainable transport. Her project work has included auditing facilities for cyclists at public transport interchanges, street audits in Edinburgh and reviews of home zones. Susan has been with Transform for over ten years. She has also worked for Scottish Environment Link as their Campaigns Coordinator, and was a volunteer and committee member for Friends of the Earth Edinburgh for several years. Susan has degrees in Natural Resource Management (BSc) and Environmental Sustainability (MSc).
TS staff photos-103 Head of Communications: Ana Soldatenko
Ana is responsible for Transform Scotland’s visual communications and manages Transform Creative, our design agency and social enterprise. Her skills include graphic design, infographics, photography, report design and campaign branding. Ana has refreshed Transform Scotland’s visual identity and designs all of Transform’s campaigns and publications, including Inter-City Express, Car Free Tourism and the Active Travel Alliance Manifesto. Her Transform Creative clients have included Social Enterprise Scotland, Living Streets, Sustainable Scotland Network and the European Transport Safety Council. Prior to joining Transform Scotland, Ana worked as the Graphic Designer for the Gordon Castle Estate, where she helped to create and launch their brand and apply it across a wide range of commercial products. Her photography work has been purchased by the Robert Gordon University and exhibited in London and Aberdeen, and she has been ‘Highly Commended’ for the BP Design Award. Ana graduated from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen with First Class Honours in Visual Communications. LinkedIn profile
Research Manager: Michelle Brophy
Michelle manages research tasks for Transform. She has worked in Transportation for the last ten years. She has key skills in research, policy, planning and engineering gained in working on various projects in public and private sectors in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Michelle has a Degree in Civil Engineering and Project Management from the University of West of Scotland and MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Napier University. She is a member of Institution of Highways and Transportation. In her previous job role at Department of Transport in Perth Australia she was involved in development of key research projects for parking and sustainable transport using qualitative and quantitative analysis.
TS staff photos-032 Research Adviser: Jolin Warren
Jolin’s research work for Transform Scotland has ranged from the business benefits of rail travel through to best practice and economic benefits related to active travel. Jolin is also the Environment Adviser for the National Trust for Scotland, managing their Climate Change Action Plan as well as providing strategic and operational advice to all levels of the organisation. Previously, Jolin has worked on projects related to peat use reduction, carbon footprinting, and environmental guidance for a variety of organisations including in the third sector.
Research Assistant: Gillian Winbourn
Gillian joined Transform Scotland in 2016 as a research assistant. She is currently a masters student at the University of Edinburgh studying Public Policy. Before her studies, she worked in the housing sector where her desire for urban policy was fostered. Gillian assists the team with transport policy and research. LinkedIn profile
Communications Officer: Jamie Wylie
Jamie joined Transform Scotland in September 2015 as a Communications Assistant as a volunteer and started working part-time on communications and public affairs in May 2016. He recently graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Geography with Environmental Studies. He has experience working on issues including energy and water use and climate change communication. He is a member of the 2050 Climate Group’s Policy Team, and is Policy Campaigner with the UK Youth Climate Coalition. LinkedIn profile

Our Volunteers

TS staff photos-039 Research & Campaigns Assistant: Lotti Lancaster
Lotti has been volunteering at Transform Scotland since October 2013 as Campaigns Assistant. She has also worked for Transform as Research Officer working on Bus Fair and other projects. Lotti has skills in qualitative research and communications, including social media, website, and print. Previously she has worked for PepsiCo’s sustainability department and has interned with Sniffer. She is also part of the Transform Creative team as Digital Communications Specialist. Lotti studied Sustainable Development with Social Anthropology MA(Hons.) at the University of Edinburgh. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-056 Parliamentary Assistant: Eleanor Jamieson
Eleanor began volunteering at Transform Scotland as of October 2013, as a Parliamentary Assistant. She is a student at Edinburgh University, studying law, making her very interested in the political side of Transform Scotland and their involvement in driving sustainable transport forward in Scotland. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-047 Research Assistant: John Webster
John Webster spent his working life within the scientific services groups of various environmental and water utility organisations. He started his working life as an analytical chemist within part of what became the Environment Agency, but for most of his career, he was a Laboratory and Scientific Services Manager with Lothian Regional Council then East of Scotland Water. He has had a life long interest in environmental issues and served on several expert groups. He is committed to promoting sustainable transport issues and carries out research part-time for Transform Scotland.
Research Assistant: Konstanze McLeod
Konstanze McLeod (Glaser) was a volunteer researcher at Transform Scotland between 2002 and 2007 and joined us again in 2015. Her main focus has been health and social justice implications of different transport policies. At present, she is working on a project that seeks to encourage more arterial cycle routes in Scotland’s cities. Her interest in transport-related behavioural change and planning is informed by her academic background (MA and PhD in Social Anthropology, 1995 and 2002), her long-standing involvement in wider environmental causes and first-hand knowledge of international best practice.
Policy Advisor: Brian Sharkie
Brian Sharkie is a highly experienced transport planner and practitioner. In a varied career of over 30 years he has been responsible for public transport, community transport, active travel and local government transport policy and strategy. Previously Public Transport Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council, Brian led teams in the design and procurement of council-funded bus services and managed the procurement of community and accessible transport services for people who find it difficult to access conventional public transport.

Please note that, except from Colin Howden and Ana Soldatenko, all of our staff and volunteers work part-time.
All media enquiries should be directed to Colin Howden on 07956 394121 or via this webform.