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Professor Dave Reay

Executive Director

Dave joined as ECCI's Executive Director in January 2020. He is also Professor of Carbon Management at the University of Edinburgh and Director of Policy at ClimateXChange.

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Dr Kate Donovan (formerly Crowley)


Kate is a Lecturer in Climate Risk and Resilience at the University of Edinburgh and joined the ECCI team in August 2020.

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Dr Alex Hilliam

Programme Manager, ClimateXChange

Alex leads ClimateXChange, based at ECCI. He oversees its work to inform and underpin the policies required to deliver Scotland's low carbon ambitions.

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Dr Philippa Parmiter

Programme Manager, SCCS

Philippa manages the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) project and team and the strategic delivery of key outputs.

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Ruth Wolstenholme

Managing Director, Sniffer

Ruth is MD of Sniffer - an independent charity based at ECCI that brings people and ideas together to create a sustainable and resilient society.

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Rebecca Bell

Policy & Research Officer, SCCS

Rebecca is responsible for policy and advocacy for the SCCS research partnership, monitoring and analysing Scottish, UK, EU and international CCS policy formulation.

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Anne Marte Bergseng

Knowledge Exchange Manager, ClimateXChange

Anne Marte manages the work ClimateXChange does on adapting to the impacts of climate change. She is also responsible for communications and improving knowledge exchange.

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Anna Beswick

Business Manager, Sniffer

Anna manages the Adaptation Scotland and TalX programmes on behalf of Sniffer - an independent charity based at ECCI.

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Jamie Brogan

Head of Climate Partnerships

Jamie develops and leads a portfolio of partnership projects aiming to deliver impact at scale.

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Laura Bourel

Partnerships Team Intern

Laura joined ECCI as an intern at the end of March 2022, working on a project focusing on the retrofitting of neighbourhoods in Perth.

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Lee Callaghan

Project Co-ordinator, ClimateXChange

Lee keeps track of all ClimateXChange’s projects, finances and whereabouts. She also manages the organisation’s procurement and events.

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Annabel Cooper

Communications Officer

Annabel supports the delivery of ECCI’s communications strategy across media, digital, events and stakeholder engagement.

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Alice Creasy

Analyst, Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN)

Alice is an Analyst for the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), providing research and project management support.

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Inês Crespo

Communications Manager, ClimateXChange

Inês is responsible for developing and implementing CXC’s communications strategy and events portfolio.

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Lucy Crockert (maternity leave)

Communications Officer, Sustainable Scotland Network

Lucy supports SSN programme delivery, including delivering SSN communications, supporting member events and administration.

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Dr Andy Cross

Impact Coordinator

Andy promotes the wide range of external impact from research across the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences. He also builds links between geosciences researchers and ECCI’s networks.

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Angela Davidson

Communications Assistant, Sustainable Scotland Network

Angela supports the development of the Sustainable Scotland Network's (SSN) communications and engagement activities.

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Emma Dore

Edinburgh Green Skills Project Lead

Emma is leading a project for the Edinburgh Climate Commission to catalyze the development of green skills in Edinburgh.

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Kit England

Business Manager, Sniffer

Kit manages the Climate Ready Clyde initiative on behalf of Sniffer - an independent charity based at ECCI.

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Jenny Fausset

Network Engagement Officer, Sustainable Scotland Network

Jenny joined the Sustainable Scotland Network team in August 2018. Before joining the team, Jenny was a Senior Policy Officer at the City of Edinburgh Council.

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Declan Finney

Project Manager (Climate and energy), ClimateXChange

Declan manages ClimateXChange projects across energy, transport, and the built environment.

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Sarah Govan

Project Manager (Climate and land use), ClimateXChange

Sarah manages ClimateXChange’s land use, agriculture and forestry research projects.

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June Graham

Network Officer, Sustainable Scotland Network

June joined ECCI in May 2018 to hep drive public sector action on climate change for the Sustainable Scotland Network.

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Kristin Hopfe

Project Officer

Kristin supports ECCI’s climate partnerships and administration teams.

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Richard Lindsay Stevenson

Data and Projects Officer, SCCS

Richard is responsible for providing data management, analysis and dissemination and knowledge exchange support across the SCCS partnership

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Richard Lo Bianco

Digital Communications Officer, SCCS

Richard Lo Bianco is responsible for managing and delivering digital media communications for the SCCS partnership and partners.

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Indira Mann

Communications & Knowledge Exchange Executive, SCCS

Indira is responsible for delivering communications for the SCCS research partnership, promoting its expertise and strengthening relationships.

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Virginia Marsh

Communications Officer, ClimateXChange

Virginia helps edit ClimateXChange’s research reports, their newsletter and monthly updates on climate change around the world.

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Ellie Murtagh

Climate Resilience Coordinator, Sniffer

In her role at Sniffer, Ellie supports resource development for organisations to better adapt to climate change.

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Kira Myers

Carbon Analyst

Kira works in the Climate Partnerships team, helping ECCI to be part of delivering ambitious climate targets in Edinburgh and Scotland through partnership projects and programmes.

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James Paterson

Programme Director (Carbon Management MSc and PGCerts)

Jamies is Programme Director for the ECCI-hosted online Carbon Management MSc and PGCerts postgraduate courses at the University of Edinburgh.

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Catherine Pearce

Capacity Building Manager, Sniffer

Catherine has extensive experience of working on climate and energy policy with governments and parliaments around the world.

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Eleanor Pratt

Climate Resilience Coordinator, Sniffer

Through her role at Sniffer, Eleanor brings organisations and people together to find solutions to environmental challenges.

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Stuart Simmons

Business Development Executive

Stuart is the primary point of contact for commercial engagement at the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences.

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Kristina Tamane

Business Development Executive

Kristina works as a Space Sector Lead at the University of Edinburgh, supporting academic colleagues who operate within the space and satellites sphere to showcase their excellent research and work with industrial partners.

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George Tarvit

Director, Sustainable Scotland Network

George joined ECCI in May 2018 to lead the Sustainable Scotland Network, Scotland's network for public sector action on climate change and sustainable development.

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Clare Wharmby

Carbon Innovation Manager

Clare works in the Climate Partnerships team at ECCI, focusing on developing tools and training for both the public and private sectors.

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Dr Romain Viguier

Business Development & Project Manager, SCCS

Romain provides the SCCS partnership with industry engagement and identifies research and commercial opportunities.

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