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
Research Officer

 

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

Dr Maddy Berg
Project Officer

 

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.

Alasdair Neilson
Project Manager

 

Alasdair joined Fidra from the University of Edinburgh where he worked as a researcher on sustainability and development projects. He has worked for several NGOs on issues ranging from marine plastic pollution to off-grid energy access.

Catherine Amis

 

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.

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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