Meet The Board

Helen Ross – Eco Savvy Chair

Helen Ross – Eco Savvy Chair

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

Hilary Maguire - Trustee
Hilary Maguire – Trustee

Hilary Maguire – Trustee

Hilary moved to Arran in 2017 after spending family holidays here for over 30 years and became an Eco Savvy trustee and treasurer the following year. 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 jointly run a practice which has mainly featured the provision of an outsourced financial controller/finance director role for new technology and renewable energy companies for the past twenty years.

Hilary has actively supported environmental charities for most of her life, supporting Greenpeace’s work since its formation in the 1970s and since moving to Arran has supported Glasgow Greenpeace taking part in their campaigns. She also actively supports Scottish CND, ICAN and XR Peace. She is a trustee of Think about Plastic Arran and is Eco Savvy’s representative with this partner organisation. She is involved with Music Arran and the McClellan Arts Festival and is learning Gaelic.

Elsa Rodeck - Trustee
Elsa Rodeck – Trustee

Elsa Rodeck – Trustee

Elsa joined the Eco Savvy team at the end of 2019 to help with minute taking at trustee meetings. After some years commuting between Arran and Glasgow, since the Covid-19 pandemic she and her family have moved back to Arran full time and are delighted to have the opportunity to immerse themselves more fully again in the island’s community and natural environment. Before lockdown her main work was in primary schools running peace education programmes for children. While this work is on hold, as well as supporting Arran Eco Savvy with some admin, Elsa has been helping the Pioneer Project set up the community garden in Cordon. She also continues her work as editor for the Voice for Arran, a publication covering social, political and environmental issues on Arran. She is very happy to find her place on this beautiful island, helping to promote the health and sustainability of it through different environmental projects.

Donald McNicol - Trustee
Donald McNicol – Trustee

Donald McNicol – Trustee

Donald left the island in 1977 to (eventually) get a degree and even more eventually become a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He returned in 2013 for good and has since been involved with Whiting Bay Primary, Kilmory Primary, COAST and latterly with Eco Savvy. His background is in feasibility, design, design management and due diligence of conventional and latterly renewable generation. His role is to help Eco Savvy identify community renewable opportunities on the island and assist in their development to the environmental and financial benefit of the island residents.

Pauline Robinson Trustee
Pauline Robinson – Trustee

Pauline Robinson – Trustee

Long time visitor to Arran and recent resident. I was hefted to Arran by my years of childhood holidays camping with the Clarion Camping Club on the field above Catacol. I worked and raised family in Newcastle upon Tyne, returning to Scotland and Arran in 2020. My working life began as a software developer and finished up leading multidisciplinary teams delivering government digital services. Since moving to Arran I have become a trustee of Eco Savvy and also volunteer with the Arran Pioneer Project and Woodside Arran helping to grow food locally. I am passionate about enabling the wholesale social changes required to mitigate the climate and ecological crisis. Very pleased to be working with the Eco Savvy team to make Arran a more sustainable island community.

Patricia Templeton - Treasurer
Patricia Templeton – Treasurer

Patricia Templeton – Treasurer

I am a Chartered Internal Auditor, and also have qualifications in risk management.  I retired to Arran with my husband in October 2019 following a career in both the public and private sectors, mainly Head of Audit roles in organisations as diverse as builders merchanting and the Scottish Prison Service. Latterly, I worked for British Telecom managing an organisation wide and worldwide programme of testing to ensure our compliance with New York Stock Exchange regulation.

As well as enjoying my new role at Eco Savvy, I am also a Trustee of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) and can usually be found walking and training our two rescue dogs in the hills or beaches on our beautiful new home.

Diana Turbott - Trustee
Diana Turbott – Trustee

Diana Turbott – Trustee

Diana joined the Ecosavvy Board of Trustees in May 2021 after volunteering with the Eco Savvy Food Share at Shiskine Hall in July 2019. This led on to attending various workshops and learning more about the wide range of environmental projects Eco Savvy undertake to tackle climate change and help make Arran a greener and more sustainable community.

Diana has lived on Arran since 1988, moving here to job share the then one social worker post with her husband Colin and raise their young family. Diana has been involved with Shiskine Hall for many years and more recently the community toilets at Blackwaterfoot. Since retirement in 2019 Diana has joined the Arran Locality Partnership as a community representative and the committee of Arran Youth Foundations.

Diana has recently trained as a volunteer health walk leader and along with others is starting a programme of short walks around the island under the umbrella of the NAC Trinity Active Travel Hub to promote gentle exercise and social contact. This provides an opportunity to link in the Eco Savvy Active Travel project and encourage more of us to get out and about and reduce our dependency on cars.

After many years as a social worker on Arran, Diana is very aware of the challenges island living can present, including access to affordable and warm homes, public transport, social isolation and access to healthy food. Diana feels Eco Savvy has a key role to play in making Arran a greener and more sustainable community for all.

Bethany Walsh – Trustee

Bethany Walsh – Trustee

Bethany grew up on the Isle of Arran and has since completed a degree in Sustainable Development and Geography at the University of Edinburgh. She joined Eco Savvy as a trustee in January 2022 to represent the views of young people.

Currently, she is working at Strathclyde University on a project called Climate Change Message in a Bottle, which taught young islanders about COP26 and brought their messages to the summit itself in November 2021. Now the project is collecting stories of a climate friendly future from young islanders for Scotland’s Year of Stories. The voices of young people, the ‘future generations’, provide perspectives that are essential to just and equitable climate solutions. Young islanders, in particular, offer unique insight into the climate crisis as islands are among the first to be experiencing its effects.

In her spare time, Bethany engages in climate justice activism, plays the fiddle, and enjoys hillwalking. She is hoping to begin a Masters in Island Studies later in 2022.

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Meet the Eco Savvy Team

Ruth McLaren – Project & Communications Development Officer

Ruth is Eco Savvy’s Project & Communications Development Officer meaning she provides support to the various projects, and works on comms and social media as well as funding. Ruth is passionate about the environment, and how we can all reduce our impact on the planet, and especially issues around social justice and climate change. 

She has worked for Eco Savvy since 2018 on the Energy and Sustainable Island Life projects and is also a carbon literacy trainer. She has previously worked for the charities Myeloma UK, the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, the mental health charity Mind and volunteered at a foodbank and is also on COAST’s Community Advisory Panel. Her interests include skiing, hillwalking, reading and hanging about with her rescue dog, Bonnie.

Ruth McLaren
Ruth McLaren

Jess Wallace – Sustainable Food Coordinator

Jess joined the Eco Savvy team for the Sustainable Island Life project and has continued to deliver good food advice. Jess has co-ordinated the food share and developed and delivered food workshops and cookbooks. She has built strong relationships with local produces and the Arran Food Journey.

Jess Wallace
Jess Wallace

Louise – Islands Green Programme Project Manager

Louise has 20 years project management, conservation management, sustainable community design and estate management experience on islands with the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Private Estates, English Heritage and abroad with Native populations in Canada and Alaska.

From, and resident on Arran, she is passionate about making island / rural communities resilient, self sufficient and economically / socially viable places in which to live and thrive, with a special interest in renewable energy, natural buildings, agroecology and agro forestry / rewilding conservation principals. 

Involved with community and rewilding projects throughout Arran within her work within the Arran Pioneer Project CIC, she is delighted to be joining the team at Eco Savvy to, with her team mate Lina, lead the Eco Savvy contribution to the Green Islands Program – NetZero 2030 project for Arran and Cumbrae

Louise photo

Lina Locatelli – Islands Green Programme Assistant Project Manager

Lina grew up on Arran and recently joined the Eco Savvy team to assist with the Green Islands Programme. She recently graduated from her master’s degree in Earth Futures Research, following her bachelor’s degree in Ecological and Environmental Science with Management.

Having studied both quantitative and qualitative degrees has enabled her to connect knowledge across both the social and physical sciences and equipped her with the experience and skills to tackle the environmental and societal challenges of sustainable development.

She worked as a research assistant for UNICEF-yoma and more recently volunteered at COP26 in Glasgow. She is passionate about creating sustainable socio-ecological futures and is eager to put her climate knowledge to practice.

Lina Locatelli

Nikki Harris – Shop Manager

Nikki is a long term resident of Arran who is a passionate environmentalist and enjoys working with the community.

Nikki has spent time working in the public sector as a Youth Worker, in the private sector as a shop keeper and in the voluntary sector working for COAST.

Knowing the Arran Community as well as she does, she hopes this will stand her in good stead as the new EcoSavvy Shop Manager.

Nikki is eager to contribute to the islands green credentials and sustainability. Nikki also runs her own part time Picture Framing business and outside of work Nikki enjoys a variety of crafts and upcycling, learning Spanish and walking.

Nikki Harris

Zoë Hughes – Shop Development Manager

After running a business recycling textiles into re-usuable items, Zoë decided to move to Arran. She was appointed Shop Development Manager in December 2021.

Her experience of marketing and branding is helping Eco Savvy community shop reach more people on the island. She works closely with the Shop Manager to make sure the shop is thriving in bigger and better ways. 

Zoë is keen find creative ways to reduce waste on the island.

Zoë Hughes

Stuart Wallace – eBike Coordinator/Mechanic 

Most people call me Wally. I have worked as an outdoor leader since I was 18 and have lived on Arran for 15 years. A UK mountain leader, mountain bike level 2 leader and Ctech 2 cycle mechanic. I have been riding the road on a bike as long as I can remember, I resprayed and rebuilt my first full size bike which I was given as a hand me down from my brother. A 1966 Carlton criterium, the frame of which I still ride today. I am a Cytech bike mechanic and British cycling mountain bike leader

Stuart Wallace
Stuart Wallace (Wally)

Gerard Tattersfield – Active Travel Hub Officer

Gerard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, contacts and colleagues from across the cycling and active travel world, with the aim of establishing and cementing our Eco Hub in the fabric of island life.

After volunteering with Arran Eco Savvy for many years he now relishes the challenge of working closely with the island community, using our fleet of eBikes as a catalyst for changing the way we actively travel around our beautiful island.

Previous experience in design and marketing, managing the Arran distillery visitor centre and a long association with delivering adventure activities, allows Gerard to draw on a wealth knowledge, whilst learning how to shape Arran’s active travel future.

Gerard Tattersfield
Gerard Tattersfield

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