OUR TEAM

 

Peter Cairns

Executive Director

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.

Bryony Stimpson

Head of Finance

Bryony has focused on charity finance for over 20 years, supporting organisations as diverse as a community-based hospice, a credit union and an organic vegetable growing cooperative. SCOTLAND: The Big Picture brings together her love of Scotland and her conviction that the restoration of our natural environment is the most pressing need of our time.

Emma Razi

Head of Fundraising

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.

Emma Brown

Head of Marketing

With an extensive background in marketing within the nature tourism, conservation media and charity sectors, Emma now mananges our marketing activity and events.

Gareth Overton

Head of Communications

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.

Hayley Gray

Head of Projects

Hayley has worked in publishing, project management, change management and fundraising across a range of corporate and charity organisations. She is a freelance member of the SBP team, working on project development, fundraising, strategy, writing, editing and general operational development.

James Nairne

Northwoods Project Lead
Having spent much of his career abroad, James worked in conservation advocacy before joining SCOTLAND: The Big Picture. He is now the Project Manager for Northwoods Rewilding Network, where he is able to draw on his passion for wildlife conservation and his background in Law and Environmental Management.

 

Katherine Tubb

Rewilding Business Lead
Katherine has worked in the social enterprise sector for over 15 years. After founding her own enterprise and volunteering platform, 2Way Development, she went on to advise charities such as Panthera, Red Cross, Global Canopy and WWF on creative new business modelling. She now offers enterprise advice to Northwood's Rewilding Partners. 

Mat Larkin

Filmmaking Lead

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 Hamblin

Visual Content Creator

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.

Andrea Goddard

Missing Species Lead

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.

David Hughes

NextGen Lead
David is a youth worker and storyteller with a great deal of experience in supporting people to connect with nature to rediscover their own wild selves. He is interested in creating and cultivating communities where we can see ourselves as part of the living world, rather than something separate. David leads the NextGen project, supporting young people to use their voices and share their vision of a future Scotland where wildness thrives. 

James Shooter

Visual Content Creator

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.

Tierney Lloyd

Visual Content Creator

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. 

Tara Mann

Office Manager
Tara has over 10 years administrative experience working for corporate organisations as a source of critical support. She is passionate about Scotland and feels fortunate to be part of the SBP team, helping to drive the recovery of Scotland's nature through rewilding.

Hugh Webster

Digital Communications Officer

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. 

Sarah Sall

Fundraising Officer
Sarah has an affinity with nature and has worked on many environmental projects aimed at reconnecting people to nature whilst conserving it for future generations. She has worked in the third sector for over ten years and brings her positivity and fundraising skills with her to support the team at SBP.

Aidan MacCormick

Northwoods Rewilding Officer
Aidan is an ecologist with an interest in surveys and monitoring for conservation projects. With over 20 years’ experience of conducting surveys from uninhabited islands in Alaska to Cloud-forests of the Bolivian Andes and relict woodlands on the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Aidan’s focus is now much closer to home, working to actively implement rewilding activities with landowners and designing surveys to monitor and evidence biological change at sites across Scotland.

Neil Wakeling

Web Developer

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.


OUR TRUSTEES

Alan Hepburn

"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 Hepburn

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.

Isla Hodgson

"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 Hodgson

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.

Elliot McCandless

“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 McCandless

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.

Justin Prigmore

"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 Prigmore

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.

Gus Routledge

“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 Routledge

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.

Linzi Seivwright

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 Seivwright

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. 

Andrew Wolffe

“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 Wolffe

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.