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
|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
|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
|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
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 has had a long-term interest in sustainable transport and its relationship to individuals’ quality of life and the built environment. He is also a member of the steering group of Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), who he represents on the Policy Forum of Transform Scotland, and is on the Committee of the Scottish Association for Public Transport. Paul was the Chair of Transform Scotland between October 2006 and October 2010. LinkedIn profile
|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.
|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 via this webform. LinkedIn profile
|Enterprise Manager: Elspeth Wray (On maternity leave until May 2019.)
Elspeth manages social enterprise, fundraising and membership for Transform Scotland. She leads Transform Consulting, working 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
|Fundraising Manager: 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
|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!
|Communications Officer: Matt McDonald
Matt performs the communication tasks for Transform, managing the social media and web platforms. He began his environmental career volunteering in environmental education while living in Edinburgh working with Earth Calling, teaching young people about interacting with and respecting local nature. 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 roles of Scottish politics on global climate policy and environmental change in Iceland and Northern Scotland. LinkedIn Profile
|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
|Policy Advisor: Nigel Bagshaw
Nigel moved from Yorkshire to Edinburgh in 1982 to study Russian and German at Edinburgh University. After teaching English abroad and a three-year stint as a staff translator at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, he returned to the city where he has worked ever since as a freelance translator of several languages for the European Union. He has long been involved in transport issues as a local environmental campaigner and 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.
|Marketing Assistant: Lara Fahey
Lara is currently creating new marketing strategies for Transform’s two consultancies: Transform Creative and Transform Consulting. She was raised in Australia before moving to Scotland to read Biology at the University of St Andrews. After graduating she started work as the Campus Cycling Officer, and subsequently the Sustainable Transport Officer with Transition University of St Andrews. During her time, the University’s first Cycling Strategy was approved and the institution was awarded ‘Cycle Friendly Campus with Distinction’ by Cycling Scotland. She then spent six months in the Netherlands before moving back to Scotland to pursue her interests in the fields of sustainability, communications and marketing. LinkedIn profile
|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
|Communications Assistant: Elizabeth Lindemann
Elizabeth is a recent addition to the Transform Scotland team, joining in January 2018 as a Communications Assistant. She is currently studying for an MSc in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh having previously graduated with BAs in Philosophy, French, and International Studies (Honors) from Indiana University. Elizabeth has experience in marketing and social media, as well as retail merchandising after working for a local winery during her undergraduate degree. LinkedIn profile
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.