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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
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 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
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 Gilmerton, the Transport & Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, and Deputy Leader of the SNP group on the Council. She lives in the ward she represents. 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.
She is particularly interested in both 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.
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 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
Helen Todd is Campaigns & Policy Manager at Ramblers Scotland
Helen has worked for Ramblers Scotland since October 2004. She was a board member of Transform Scotland from 2006 to 2016 (including spells as Vice-Chair and Acting Chair), and was Chair of Scottish Environment LINK until December 2017. Before working for the Ramblers, Helen was a campaigns researcher for Friends of the Earth Scotland working on planning issues and has a MSc in Ecological Economics from Edinburgh University. In a previous career, Helen was a teacher, trainer and language school manager, mainly overseas. This international experience has given her great insight into how efficient public transport can be. Helen is a keen cyclist and walker.
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
Working for Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, Stefan 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 the 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 is the Chairman 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 a member of the Friends of the West Highland Lines committee. John was originally a high energy nuclear physics researcher, and subsequently worked in IT Management in Weir Group.

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 via this webform. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-012 Enterprise Manager: Elspeth Wray (On maternity leave until August 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!
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. 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

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 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.
Chris Day photo Policy Advisor: Chris Day
Chris Day studied Politics and International Relations, and Social Administration at Southampton University before moving to Edinburgh in 1979 as a Social and Community Worker. In 1992 he joined Lothian Regional Council’s Accessible Transport Team, moving on with the City of Edinburgh Council to work on transport policy, planning, strategy, and public transport including buses, rail, and taxis. In a varied career in transport he also took on the odd jobs that no-one else would do, before retiring on 2016.
  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. His background includes: cycle campaigning, including a stint at Sustrans; an environmental management MSc which included a project on the Impact of the Road Traffic Reduction Act (1999); and working with Sustaining Dunbar (Development Trust) promoting cycling. He has proved an important addition to our lunchtime table tennis.


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.