Meet the team

The day to day running of Fidra’s projects is carried out by the small team based in North Berwick.  You can find out more about each member of the team below.

Dr Becky Gait
Director

 

Prior to creating Fidra, Becky qualified as a GP and then worked in Public Health Medicine at NHS Lothian, NHS Fife and Scottish Government, where she developed a specialist interest in Environmental Public Health.

Michelle Sutherland
Director

 

Michelle has a strong personal interest in the environment and together with her partner commissioned the first Passive House in East Lothian which has won numerous awards for sustainable design.

Sarah Archer
Senior Projects Manager

 

Sarah worked on a wide range of marine issues in government and within Scotland’s NGO community before joining Fidra.

Dr Clare Cavers
Senior Projects Manager

 

Clare joined Fidra from a research background, with qualifications in biological sciences, marine environmental protection and biogeography.

Dr Maddy Berg
Project Manager

 

Maddy comes from a geosciences research background, having recently completed her PhD in geology. She has a particular interest in public engagement and science communication.

Dr Kerry Dinsmore
Project Manager

 

Prior to joining Fidra Kerry worked as a biogeochemist specialising in greenhouse gas and nutrient cycling in natural environments. She is now developing Fidra’s interests in existing and emerging chemical pollutants.

Heather McFarlane
Project Manager

 

With a background in chemistry Heather has worked for science and environmental NGOs around the world. As well as working on chemical pollutants at Fidra she is also our communications lead.

Catherine Amis
Office Manager

 

Catherine originally comes from a protective textiles background. She provides administrative, organisational, financial and operational support to the charity, ensuring the Fidra office is running smoothly.

Naomi Arnold
Project Officer

 

Naomi has a background in environmental education and engagement. She has a keen interest in encouraging individuals and businesses to create personal connections with nature and feel empowered to aid its conservation.

Jasper Hamlet
Project Officer

 

Jasper joins Fidra with a BSc in Marine Biology, experience in delivering national and local projects to increase public engagement in nature, sustainability and the environment and a lifelong passion for the outdoors.

Governance

 

Fidra is an SCIO and Scottish Registered Charity, SCO 43895, and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The charity’s activities are bound by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, which is regulated by OSCR. Day to day operations are overseen by the Director.

Board of Trustees:

 

Becky Gait (Chair)

 

Abigail Entwistle

Abi trained as a zoologist, and then did a PhD on the conservation biology of bats. She has worked for Fauna & Flora International since 1996 in a variety of roles, and is currently their Director of Conservation Science and Design.

 

David Gait

David Gait runs Sustainable Investment Funds at Stewart Investors.

 

Michelle Sutherland

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