Trustees of Eco Savvy

Beverley Walker, Esther Brown, Hilary Maguire, Helen Ross and Sue Weaver.

Current board members are: –

• Esther Brown, Chair and founder trustee. After a career in the media industry working as a director, researcher and presenter she moved to Arran 13 years ago with her young family. Esther has worked part-time for the local Arran Art Gallery for the last 10 years. Esther has been involved with many community groups, was previously Chair of the private local nursery and Chair and Treasurer of the primary school parent council. Member for Arran Theatre and Arts Trust, member of the Arran Arts Forward sub committee and volunteer and member of the Whiting Bay Improvements Committee.

• Beverley Walker, Secretary who lives part time on Arran. Beverly is Managing Director of Bluewind Consulting Ltd (SC440580). With 30 years experience as planning and environmental consultant and as Project Director / Project Manager / Team Leader. Core skills: Project and Programme Management, Budget Management, Procurement, Contract Law, planning applications and environmental consents for renewable energy projects, Conflict Resolution, Community Consultation, Communications.

• Sue Weaver, founder Trustee of Eco Savvy. Trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist, Sue practised professionally in universities and the NHS for 30 years. She was involved with volunteer training in every workplace. She managed her small 70 acre Welsh farm as a conservation project, with support from volunteers. Co-founder of the first Transition Town in Wales, Transition Towy, she helped start its permaculture group. 3 years ago Sue joined eXXpedition Transatlantic 2014, sailing the Atlantic as a volunteer on a research mission to track plastics in the ocean. She then developed the idea of a Round Britain plastics research voyage, implementing it as Joint Mission Leader (still voluntary) in 2017 over one month of sailing with a total of 22 volunteer crew.

• Hilary Maguire, Treasurer. Hilary moved to Arran in 2017 after spending family holidays here for over 30 years. A chartered accountant; trained with Price Waterhouse Coopers and when newly qualified, worked in audit in Rome, then in London as financial controller of a hospital for women and children and after that as a manager with Grant Thornton. Has run her own practice which has mainly featured the provision of an outsourced finance function for new technology companies for the past twenty years.

Helen Ross, Trustee. Helen received a good grounding in public service and administration in the Civil Service before working in the voluntary sector placing people for work experience, planning community care services, providing an information service and developing community projects with older people in rural areas.  She has a Masters and 19 years of experience in Public Health, working at local and regional level to develop sustainable Public Health services that address the social, economic and environmental factors that influence our lifestyles and health.  Improving insulation, installing renewable energy systems such as solar and air source, cycling and walking instead of driving, sourcing and growing food locally and organically, recycling, composting, and constructing environmentally friendly buildings can all contribute to our health and wellbeing as well as helping to reduce our carbon emissions and impact on Climate Change. Helen moved to Arran in 2017 and is an allotment holder on the Arran Community Land Initiative, and a volunteer on a regular basis in the Eco Savvy Hub in Whiting Bay

Can you help Arran grow into a greener island ?

Eco Savvy is looking for committed volunteers to join its Board of Trustees to support and develop its strategy for the future.

The Eco board meets every 4 – 6 weeks, in the evenings and daytimes, at different locations around the island. This is a great opportunity to provide support and guidance in an area that needs committed individuals.

Anyone interested is invited to email trustees.ecosavvy@gmail.com to arrange an informal chat with one of the trustees. Please also follow this link to find out more BECOME A TRUSTEE