Jonathan Hughes, Chair
Jonathan (Jonny) Hughes is currently the CEO of WCMC, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, based in Cambridge. Prior to this Jonny was the CEO of the Scottish Wildlife Trust for 5 years having previously worked for the Woodland Trust and Westminster City Council.
From September 2012 to June 2020, Jonny was an elected global Councillor of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where for four years he chaired the Council’s policy and programme committee and the EU policy advisory group. He is also a non-Executive Director of Corrour Estate, a large upland estate in Scotland, and chair of the Ecological Advisory Board of Ardtornish Estate.
He holds a B.A in Geography and Biology from Keele University, an MSc in Ecology completed at the University of Florence on an Erasmus scholarship and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In April 2019, Jonny became an Ambassador for the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Ross is the Director of Fundraising and Communications at Missing People and has responsibility for Missing People's income and awareness across a wide range of fundraising activities. Celebrating 10 years at Missing People, Ross leads a hugely successful team whose awards include: Grand Prix, non-FTSE 100 companies at CorpComms Awards alongside finalist nominations for Best Annual Review and Use of Digital at ThirdSector Awards. Ross is a Trustee of the Postcode Heroes Trust and a member of the FRSB Advisory Board for small-medium charities.
Ian is Head of Exhibitions and Events at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). Before he joined RBGE Ian trained as an ecologist and worked in forest research and is a former Director of Reforesting Scotland and carries out regular consultancy work in UK and overseas.His interests are in education, conservation and the uses of plants and he has published widely on all three. He has had various roles at RBGE and he currently heads the exhibitions and events team with responsibility for an ambitious public programme that includes a contemporary art gallery, live science shows and the edible garden project.
Kate is a Personal Trainer, running her own business in Glasgow. She is an active triathlete and swimmer, and enjoys supporting others reach their own personal goals. Previously, Kate spent many years working as a fundraising manager for organisations such as Ataxia UK and WWF Scotland, before moving on to take the role as Deputy Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery for a number of years. Despite moving into the field of sport, her interest in the voluntary sector remains, and she works closely with Glasgow Women's Aid as a trustee with a specialist interest in fundraising.