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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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’s background is as a behavioural ecologist, having completed his PhD studying competitive interactions between lions, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs, but he has since had a varied career, working as a biology teacher, a freelance writer, and a volunteer firefighter. He continues to be involved in environmental education in Southern Africa, but his home is in Scotland, where he believes rewilding offers human and non-human communities a healthy and hopeful future.
"We have but a brief moment in time to protect the health of our planet – through acting now we have a chance to make a real difference, to preserve our environment, its biodiversity and ourselves."
After twenty years in the biotechnology industry, Karen retrained in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health and in 2022 established Bright Green Nature, a Scottish Borders based charity focused on ecosystem restoration and community outreach. Her focus is in restoring a species rich meadow and developing a sustainably run, ecologically rich estate. Karen holds Trustee positions at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, where she is Vice Chair, and at Scottish Environment Link.
"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.
"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.
“We are experiencing climate breakdown and a biodiversity crisis, so the conservation and active restoration of our wild environment has never been more important. Our collective future depends on human action to reverse this catastrophe.”
Hannah is a practising Scottish Solicitor and the Director of the Grampian Community Law Centre, which is a student-led legal service forming part of the Robert Gordon University’s Law School. Hannah operates two Clinics under the umbrella of the Centre: a Community Clinic and a Climate Clinic. The Climate Clinic focuses on legal issues encountered in planning, development, environmental, and animal law matters at grassroots level for members of the public, and operates in association with the Environmental Law Foundation. Hannah is also a Lecturer and Academic who focuses on wildlife crime matters. She is a member of the UK Centre for Animal Law’s Scottish Steering Group and Wildlife Working Group, Police Scotland’s North-East Partnership against Rural Crime and the North-East Partnership against Wildlife Crime, and is the former Crime & Advocacy Advisor for Scottish Badgers. She is also the Land & Rewilding Manager for an area of mixed woodlands in Aberdeenshire.
"Disconnect from nature and environmental degradation, and societal issues such as poverty and inequalities are strongly intertwined. Awareness raising, engagement, and inclusion are key for the restoration and preservation of healthy ecosystems, and an equitable sharing of the costs and benefits of rewilding"