Peter has spent over two decades as a photographer, videographer, nature tourism operator and environmental communicator. He is a co-founder of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, having previously directed major conservation media initiatives such as Tooth & Claw, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION. A long-time advocate for rewilding, Peter is a serving board member of Trees for Life, and is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Emma has worked in the charity sector in Scotland for more than 10 years in a variety of roles including project management, development and fundraising. She has a passion for the ‘great outdoors’ and an interest in the link between nature and wellbeing. As Head of Fundraising Emma’s role is to support the long-term sustainability of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
Gareth spent the first part of his career as a news sub-editor and copy editor, including at the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal online. He then gained wider communications expertise in the higher education sector, before his work and personal passions came together in his role at SCOTLAND: The Big Picture.
Mat is a conservationist, filmmaker and cameraman. He has worked with a multitude of broadcast and commercial clients for the past 15 years, including BBC, STV and Channel 5. In 2015 he was awarded the Eden Channel's Nature Filmmaker of the Year by UKTV. Mat lives in the Cairngorms National Park, where he develops SCOTLAND: The Big Picture’s expanding film portfolio.
Mark has worked as a professional nature photographer and communicator for the past 25 years. He has contributed to, and co-managed, projects including Wild Wonders of Europe, Tooth and Claw and 2020VISION before co-founding SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. Previously widely travelled, Mark now focuses on documenting the stories of a rewilded Scotland from his base in the Cairngorms National Park.
James has a BSc in Zoology with Conservation and an MSc in Biological Photography & Imaging giving him a strong interest in conservation science and a passion for exploring ways of communicating ideas, stories and opinions. As a CAA approved drone pilot, James produces much of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture’s aerial imagery, alongside putting his extensive experience in nature tourism to use as one of our key rewilding retreats guides.
Helen has 20 years experience working in wildlife rehabilitation, lecturing and ecology. She is a passionate advocate for rewilding, spending much of her spare time monitoring a local beaver family and educating others on the many benefits they bring. She now mentors our NextGen rewilders and, as well as guiding, manages all the logistics behind our rewilding retreats.
With an academic and working background in behavioural ornithology, entomology and raptor persecution Andrea has an unstinting commitment to many nature conservation causes and is a true advocate for rewilding Scotland's denuded landscapes. Now working for SBP she aims to pave the way for the imminent return of iconic common cranes to the Cairngorms National Park.
Tierney is a conservation photographer and filmmaker with a BA(Hons) degree in Marine and Natural History Photography. Since graduating in 2019, Tierney has been involved in multiple conservation projects and most recently worked for Highlands Rewilding as part of their start-up team. Having lived in the Great Glen since a young age, she has a keen interest in connecting people to the natural environment through visual media.
Hugh is a behavioural ecologist and science communicator. He has extensive experience studying large carnivores, a special interest in the human dimensions of conservation conflicts, and a passion for the intrinsic value of wildness. Hugh is active on social media @DrHWeb and writes the Natural Storytelling blog, where he tries to develop appreciation for the complexities and challenges surrounding rewilding and other conservation issues.
Neil is a web developer, musician and nature photographer. He is passionate about the environment and raising awareness of the necessity for humanity to take a different path. He is rarely photographed, spending most of his time locked in the digital dungeon.
"I hope, that in the future, my children will be able to explore an expansive and biodiverse network of interconnected habitats traversing Scotland from East to West and North to South."
Alan is a teacher with a focus on outdoor learning, motivated by his passion for Scotland’s environment. Before his role in education, he led communications agencies in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Alan now brings this mixture of skills and experience to SCOTLAND: The Big Picture and manages our Young Rewilders programme.
"Our landscapes have many intricate and complex parts; cogs turning a wheel. We need to look at the whole picture to reach sustainable outcomes for both nature, and people."
Isla is a research scientist specialising in environmental conflict and has advised organisations like IUCN and the Luc Hoffman Institute. She is also a wildlife journalist, author and guide. Her first book, Hidden Nature was published in 2018 and she writes for BBC Wildlife. She has also enjoyed roles at BBC Scotland, and as co-director for AFON, the UK’s youth nature network.
“As we stand on the brink of ecological collapse, it is no longer enough just to conserve what we have left. We must look to restore all that we have lost”
Elliot is a finance professional with a passion for conservation and rewilding. For the past three years he has been a Trustee for Scottish Wild Beaver Group where he has worked to secure a future for beavers and their wetlands throughout Scotland.
"Q: What did you do in the climate emergency Grandpa?
A: Watch this..."
Tree hugger with attitude, and lover of wild and mountainous places. Professional life in general practice, medical teaching and research, organisational development, charity trustee, non-exec director, and medico-legal expert witness. Director of Access and Conservation for Mountaineering Scotland, interest in sustainable tourism, and committed to low impact lifestyle.
"As an artist I’m constantly trying to celebrate Scotland’s ample natural beauty on canvas. But Scotland has potential to be better – by being part of SBP I can help improve what is already here and shape a wilder, more abundant future’."
Justin is an award-winning artist and conservationist. He has a Masters Degree in ecology and until recently, worked for the Cairngorms National Park Authority. Justin now focuses full time on his wildlife art and has exhibited internationally in prestigious shows and galleries. His work is represented by the House of Bruar and the Rountree Tryon Galleries.
“Many of us suffer from ecological blindness. We don’t see the degraded landscapes and the animals we’ve lost because we’re not conditioned to look.”
Gus is an ecologist with a particular interest in northern ecosystems. He spends much of his time in Scotland’s wild places working out what the landscape could look like and the species it could support, if it were rewilded. He also likes to understand the role people can play in making Scotland an ecologically richer country.
“Never has there been a more important time to focus on the natural world around us. It’s not just about what nature can do for us - but what we can now do for nature.”
Linzi is an ecologist and runs her own consultancy specialising in deer management. Following her PhD research on red grouse, she spent ten years working in the public sector developing Wild Deer Best Practice Guidance. Passionate about wildlife and conservation from an early age, a Churchill Fellowship took her to New Zealand, and she has also volunteered with the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya, developing guidance to support community-based wildlife conservation projects.
“Anyone accused of “greenwashing” will be found out. We need individual and corporate action, and fast, if we want to ensure the rich biodiversity of Scotland is given a chance to flourish.”
Andrew is a designer with over 30 years experience at the highest level and working for a global client list. Brought up and still inextricably drawn to Galloway, Andrew is keen to ensure the rewilding message is clearly communicated to all stakeholders.