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.

Mark Hamblin

Executive Director

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 Shooter

Head of Rewilding Escapes

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 managing and developing our Rewilding Escapes programme.

Mat Larkin

Head of Filmmaking

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 Cairngorm National Park, where he develops SCOTLAND: The Big Picture’s expanding film portfolio.

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

Communications Coordinator

Emma is a marketing professional with an extensive background in nature tourism and conservation media. In addition to designing and managing many of our communications outputs, Emma is responsible for administering our Rewilding Escapes programme.

Helen McCallin

Young Rewilders Manager

Helen has 20 years’ experience working extensively with animals in lecturing, wildlife rehabilitation and ecology roles. She is a passionate advocate for rewilding, spending most of her time watching a local beaver family and educating others on the many benefits they, and rewilding, bring. She also now mentors our Young Rewilders.


OUR TRUSTEES

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 lead 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

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

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.

Ron Neville

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.

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

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.


CONTRIBUTORS

Imagery

  • Aidan MacCormick
  • Neil McIntyre
  • Andrew O’Donnell
  • Philip Price
  • Guy Richardson
  • Richard Shucksmith

Art & Design

  • Adam Alexander
  • Sarah Fisher
  • Matthew Lissimore
  • Phil Mumby
  • Claire Proctor

Writing

  • Gordon Eaglesham
  • David Hetherington
  • Fiona Mackay
  • Polly Pullar
  • Nick Underdown
  • Susan Wright

Web

  • Neil Wakeling

Music

  • Andrew O'Donnell
  • Salt House
  • Jenny Sturgeon