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Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Phil Matthews is Transform Scotland’s Chair
Phil Matthews is Chair of Transform Scotland and leads the work of our Board. He has worked on environment and climate change issues for over 25 years in the public, private and third sector and is passionate about the role that a sustainable transport system can play in boosting health and quality of life and cutting carbon emission. Phil is currently the Executive Director of NuLeAF (Nuclear Legacy Advisory Forum), representing local government on nuclear decommissioning and waste management. Between 2007 and 2010 he served as the Sustainable Development Commission’s (SDC) Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Director in Scotland, auditing the Scottish Government’s performance on sustainable development and 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
Emma Crowther is Travel and Transport Manager at The University of Edinburgh and is Transform Scotland’s Vice-Chair
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.
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
BOARD 01-12-031 Stuart Hay is Head of Living Streets Scotland and is Transform Scotland’s Treasurer
Stuart Hay is the Scottish Director of the national walking charity Living Streets. He has worked in policy and development roles for charities and social enterprises for over 17 years. This includes work with Changeworks, Friends of the Earth Scotland, The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Help the Aged. His work has ranged from policy and influencing to developing new projects and partnership with a wide range of funders. He was a founder member of the Edinburgh Solar Coop that raised £1.4 from a community for a schools renewable project.  At Living Streets he oversees a team delivering a programme of community street audits and a schools walking project which reaches over 200,000 pupils across Scotland. In 2018, he help to produce the second edition of the pedestrian pound on the economic case for investment in walking. As a director at Transform Scotland he provides strategic advice on campaigns, policy and project development. LinkedIn profile
Damien Henderson is Scottish Affairs and Media Manager at Virgin Trains
Damien has led Virgin Trains’ media and stakeholder engagement in Scotland since 2013 and plays an active role in campaigning for sustainable transport. He has worked with Transform Scotland to highlight the positive role cross-border rail has played in reducing Scotland’s carbon footprint while growing passenger numbers. He recently helped establish the Glasgow Connectivity Commission, which under the chairmanship of Professor David Begg published a radical transport blueprint for Scotland’s largest city region, prioritising healthy modes of travel and public transport as well as investment in people-friendly places. Damien sits on Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s Business Advisory Group and was previously Transport Correspondent for The Herald where he covered all modes of transport. He is passionate about understanding the wider societal role transport should play driving in economic development, inclusivity, decarbonisation, better health and urban planning.  LinkedIn profile
Cllr. Lesley Macinnes is the Convenor of the Transport and Environment Committee at The City of Edinburgh Council
Lesley is an SNP Councillor for Liberton and Gilmerton, the Transport & Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, and Deputy Leader of the SNP group on the Council. She is particularly committed to shaping a sustainable, inclusive and healthy transport environment in Edinburgh which equips the city for the future and delivering an attractive environment for all those who live, work and visit Scotland’s beautiful capital city. This commitment reflects Lesley’s role at Transform as part of the Board. Originally from Skye, she grew up in several places in Scotland and as an adult has lived both rurally and in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For almost 15 years she lived and worked around Geneva in Switzerland as part of the senior management team for an international NGO dealing with landmines and cluster munitions. Most of her working life has been in the public sector in communications, inward investment and NGO management.
Mike Robinson is the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS)
Mike has has worked in the Scottish charity and environment sector for the last 25 years, initially with RSPB as Head of Marketing, and later with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh as Director of Development. In a voluntary capacity Mike has held more than forty board/advisory roles, mostly for environment and human rights bodies, including as previous Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS). He also chaired the Scottish parliament’s short life working group on annual targets, sits on the advisory groups for Air Passenger Duty & Scotrail, and is heavily involved in promoting climate change solutions. He has experience in all aspects of organisational structure, funding & finance, project delivery and strategic & constitutional change. He holds two Honorary Fellowships and several awards for his services to the environment. Mike lives in Perthshire and is married with three sons.

Our Policy Forum

Paul Tetlaw is a committee member of Capital Rail Action Group and is the Convener of Transform Scotland’s Policy Forum
Paul spent most of his career in environmental management in the water industry and was formerly a General Manager with Scottish Water. He was born in Yorkshire where he started his career in the water industry before moving to Scotland in 1980. He qualified as Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He has had a long-term interest in sustainable transport and its relationship to individuals’ quality of life and the built environment. He is a member of the steering group of Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), who he represents on the Policy Forum of Transform Scotland. Paul also represents Transform Scotland on Transport Scotland’s High-Speed Rail Partnership Group and ScotRail’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel – which he Chaired for three years from 2016 to 2019. He is on the Committee of the Scottish Association for Public Transport and was the Chair of Transform Scotland between October 2006 and October 2010. Currently Paul spends most of his time at Transform Scotland focussing on rail issues aiming to influence the agenda for rail expansion within Scotland and on cross-border services. He is particularly proud of the part that Transform Scotland played in helping to ensure that a tram system was delivered in Edinburgh.
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Helen Todd is Campaigns & Policy Manager at Ramblers Scotland
Helen sits on the policy forum at Transform Scotland, but was previously a board member from 2006 to 2016 including spells as vice-chair and acting chair.  Helen has a particular interest in increasing current levels of walking and cycling as forms of transport and for leisure travel.  Helen is currently the Campaigns and Policy Manager at Ramblers Scotland. Before working for Ramblers Scotland Helen was a campaigns researcher for Friends of the Earth Scotland, and has also served as chair of Scottish Environment LINK.
Tom Rye is Professor in Transport at Edinburgh Napier University and Director of its Transport Research Institute
Tom re-joined Edinburgh Napier University as Professor in Transport and Director of its Transport Research Institute in January 2015. Before this, he worked for 21⁄2 years as a Professor at the Division of Transport and Roads, Lund University in Sweden; whilst there, he also successfully started up Sweden’s new National Knowledge Centre for Public Transport, as its Director. He has degrees in Geography, and Spatial Planning, and a PhD in Mobility Management. He also worked at Edinburgh Napier University from 1996-2012 but alongside academia, he spent much time seconded to consultants and local government, as well as on projects for Scottish and UK Governments and the EC. His specialisms are transport training, mobility management, transport policy evaluation and implementation, parking policy and planning for slow modes of transport. In his spare time, Tom enjoys ski touring, vegetable gardening, real ale, learning other languages and topiary. But mainly topiary.
Malcolm Reed
Malcolm Reed was the first Chief Executive of Transport Scotland and was previously Director General of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive. Since retiring from full-time employment in 2009 he has held a variety of advisory and consultancy roles in the transport sector both north and south of the border, which have included assignments for Virgin Trains, Nexus, and Abellio. His previous career included posts at Glasgow University, the Planning Exchange in Glasgow, Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive, and Strathclyde Regional Council, latterly as assistant chief executive with responsibility for the Council’s infrastructure and protective services. He was appointed a CBE for services to transport in the 2004 new year’s honours. Malcolm maintains his professional interest in transport through fellowships of the CILT, CIHT, and the Institute of Railway Operators, and his strong personal commitment to sustainable transport is reflected in his current role as Vice-President of SAPT. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Railway Heritage Trust and for many years has served on the judging panel of the National Rail Awards.
  Stefan Maurice is an Infrastructure Officer for Sustrans Scotland
Stefan is an Infrastructure Officer for Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, where he supports communities and local authorities to design and create active travel infrastructure which improves health, wellbeing, and our physical environment. In 2018, Scotland’s Year of Young People, he was awarded a travel scholarship by CSGNT to examine youth engagement with sustainable urban design across the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. With a background in mathematics and a previous career in software development, Stefan was a passionate proponent of sustainable travel before volunteering and retraining to bring his skills to the transport sector. As a member of the Policy Forum, he supports and informs Transform Scotland’s work on strategic transport developments. In his spare time, Stefan enjoys exploring Scotland’s coastal paths. As a musician, Stefan can be heard in Edinburgh-based band, Hamish Hawk and the New Outfit, or organising the in-house Sustrans band.
John McCormick is Chairman of the Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT)
John McCormick has been the Chair of Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) since 1991. John campaigns for an integrated public transport system for Scotland. As well as being chair of SAPT, he is on the committee of the Friends of the West Highland Lines. He is a member of the Scottish High-Speed Rail group, and the West Highland Line Review Group. John has a degree in Natural Philosophy from Glasgow University and a PhD in high energy nuclear physics, and worked for two years as a research fellow in CERN (Geneva) where he gained an appreciation of the Swiss integrated public transport. He subsequently worked in IT Management in Weir Group.

Our Staff

 TS staff photos-098 Director: Colin Howden
Colin has managed Transform Scotland since 1998. He has extensive experience in campaigns, public affairs and political relations, is a regular contributor to the Scottish media and has published widely on all aspects of sustainable transport policy and practice. As the Director of Transform Scotland, Colin has overseen the design and publication of numerous campaign reports and publications for diverse audiences, from members of the public to senior business leaders and politicians. He is particularly adept at communicating complex technical information in an easy to understand way. He has in-depth knowledge of transport policy, operations and politics in Scotland, having worked with transport companies and senior stakeholders for over fifteen years. Colin was also Board member and Treasurer of the European Federation for Transport and Environment from 2009 to 2012. He can be reached via this webform. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-012 Enterprise Manager: Elspeth Wray
Elspeth joined Transform Scotland in 2014 to take charge of consultancy, fundraising and membership. An experienced manager, she leads projects for Transform’s partners on everything from researching the benefits of 20mph speed limits to piloting a bike hire scheme or promoting car-free tourism. Elspeth started her career as a botanist before rapidly realising that she prefers talking to people than to plants. She spent several years as an Environmental Consultant at Wood Group, where she advised clients on stakeholder relations and corporate responsibility, before leaving for Pennsylvania and fulfilling her childhood ambition to volunteer as a Ranger for the US National Parks Service. On returning to the UK Elspeth joined the Design Council as Programme Manager, with responsibility for transforming the former government quango into an enterprising charity with diverse income. She holds a master’s degree in Global Environmental Policy from Imperial College London and the Association for Project Management Professional Certificate. Since selling her car Elspeth has rediscovered her love for buses and keeps busy at the weekends taking her family on increasingly complex bus trips around Edinburgh. LinkedIn profile
Fundraising Manager: Emma Margrett
Emma has worked and volunteered for Transform Scotland since 2013, initially as Development Officer, then Board Member and is currently Head of Fundraising. Emma’s main role is to research, review, write and submit funding applications to support Transform’s core aims. Emma’s background isn’t sustainable transport related but financial, environmental and development. 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 and New Caledonian Woodlands. She does not drive (due to emissions plus being a total liability) so her bike is the main form of transport. Emma also likes table tennis and was a founding member of the Transform table tennis club. LinkedIn profile
  Enterprise Manager: Jess Pepper
Jess is the Enterprise Manager at Transform Scotland. She is an experienced strategic communications consultant with a professional background in public affairs, research, events and engaging communication on environmental and community projects and programmes. She combines wide experience in project management with strong communication skills, expertise on Government and Parliamentary processes, community engagement, campaigns and fresh initiatives with wide audiences; and has worked with organisations including WWF Scotland, Living Streets, Scottish Water, Children’s Parliament and Transport Scotland. Jess is on the Board of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a Climate Reality Leader/Mentor (trained by Al Gore in 2013) and a Carbon Conversations facilitator. She loves trains and electric buses!
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.
  Communications Officer: Matt McDonald
Matt performs the communication tasks for Transform, managing the social media and web platforms, while also assisting on influencing and research. He also works as an environmental educator for Earth Calling, teaching young people about nature, wildlife, and looking after the natural world around them. Matt has an MA in Geography and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2016.  His main areas of studies are in environmental politics and environmental science completing research on the role of Scottish politics on global climate policy and environmental change in Iceland and Northern Scotland. LinkedIn Profile

Our Volunteers

Communications Assistant: Rachel McFarlane
Rachel is currently volunteering as a Communications Assistant with Transform Scotland. She has just finished her third year at Glasgow University studying Politics and Sociology and is aiding Transform with their varying social media accounts over the summer break. Rachel developed an interest in environmental policy and communications after taking the module Global Environmental Politics as part of her undergraduate degree. Channelling her efforts into the future well-being of the environment is at the centre of her decision to volunteer at Transform. She also enjoys taking the train and wanted a good excuse to spend more time on the Scotrail service to Waverley!
  Policy Advisor: Nigel Bagshaw
Nigel’s job is to monitor Edinburgh City Council’s implementation of the tram project and any other transport plans and issues affecting the city. He has long been involved in transport issues as a local environmental campaigner. Nigel also served as a councillor on Edinburgh City Council from 2012 to 2017 where he spoke for the Green group on transport and planning matters and sat on the Board of Transport for Edinburgh. He spends a lot of time travelling by public transport throughout Europe, particularly the east, always with a keen eye on other cities’ urban transport systems and history.
Chris Day photo Policy Advisor: Chris Day
As Policy Advisor Chris has, inter alia, helped form and argue our positions on the Transport Bill, City Region Deals, and Air Departure Tax. After working as a Social and Community Worker, in 1992 Chris joined the Lothian Regional Council’s Accessible Transport Team, moving on in the City of Edinburgh Council to work on transport policy, planning, strategy, and public transport including buses, rail, and taxis. After a varied career in transport he retired in 2016. Chris’ first experience of transport activism was, aged 8 or 9, writing ‘Marples must go’ in the dirt on his father’s car. Marples, indeed, went shortly thereafter.
  Transport & Tourism Researcher: Poppy Marples
Poppy joined Transform Scotland in January 2019 on a five-month placement from Napier University where she is studying International Tourism Management BA (Hons). She began studying Tourism in 2016 and found the Planning and Sustainable Development in Tourism Module the most fascinating and choose to complete her placement in this field. While working with Transform, Poppy is researching the transport and tourism industries and looking at the impacts they have on the environment and the economy. This will include looking at topics such as car-free tourism and researching factors that influence travel decisions in Scotland. This fits nicely with her passion and interest in travel and tourism which started in 2014 when she left school and went abroad for two years to travel and work. Poppy is planning to do a Masters in Eco-Tourism and will look to use her experiences at Transform Scotland and apply them to her future studies. LinkedIn profile
Campaigns Assistant: Mark James
Mark rejoined Transform Scotland in January 2018, having assisted with the organisation’s formation in 1998 whilst volunteering at Friends of the Earth Scotland. He is now leading our secretariat role with the Cycling, Walking & Buses Cross-Party Group at the Scottish Parliament, and working on other campaigns and policy topics as and when required. He is an avid cyclist and environmentalist. His background includes cycle campaigning; an environmental management MSc which included a project on the Impact of the Road Traffic Reduction Act (1999); a stint at Sustrans as a ranger; and working with Sustaining Dunbar (Development Trust) promoting cycling. He has proved an important addition to our lunchtime table tennis team.

 

Please note that, except from Colin Howden, 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.