Arthur Keller - Head of Structural Funds Projects

I have worked in SNH in a number of roles since its inception more than 25 years ago, working from the Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth offices. In that time I have sought to champion the importance of green infrastructure and place-making, and have led SNH’s input to the Central Scotland Green Network. I have also overseen our contribution to the Improving Public Access programme, which funds access projects in rural areas. I have a degree in zoology, and a post-graduate qualification in recreation and leisure management.

Elana Bader - Green Infrastructure Project and Funding Officer

I’ve been with SNH since 2017, having worked in the Scottish environment sector for the last ten years. Most of that time was spent with RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, where I managed a variety of remits and projects including national white tailed eagle and red squirrel conservation, outdoor learning, and community engagement. I have a background in Business with a MSc in Ecological Economics.

Steven Smith - Finance and Administrative Officer - Structural Funds Projects

Following completion of my BA in Business Management with the University of the Highlands and Islands, I have worked for SNH since 2009 in several different roles, from acting as Co-ordinator to SNH's Senior Leadership Team and Board to supporting project managers as a Unit Administrator within our former Operations and Policy & Advice Directorates.  I feel privileged to be part of the Structural Funds Team who will oversee the delivery of the Green Infrastructure Fund, Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund and the Natural & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Derek Peacock - Finance and Audit Manager - Structural Funds Projects

I am a Chartered Certified Accountant with 14 years’ financial management experience including 10 years in the Construction & Civil Engineering sector and 4 years in the public sector including finance and audit roles with Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands & Islands.

Fiona Strachan - Green Infrastructure Project Manager

I have worked in environmental project management for over 10 years in such diverse areas as woodfuel supply chains, ecological surveying and most recently Scottish wildcat conservation. I have a background in field ecology, with a PhD in avian ecology and over the years have worked on many different bird species including zebra finches, ospreys and golden plover. Outside work my interests include music, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors with my family.

Lesley Scott - Green Infrastructure Audit and Compliance Officer

I have worked in various roles, both professional and voluntary, in the environmental sector for more than 20 years. My degree in landscape architecture has allowed me to enjoy a career managing greenspace programmes for lottery distributors and improving parks and delivering Greenspace Strategies for a number of local authorities.  

Martin Faulkner - Green Infrastructure Project and Funding Officer

I studied Ecological Science at Edinburgh in the 80s, and have been mostly people focussed since then. Before working for SNH, I was a countryside ranger and a teacher in primary schools. I’ve worked for SNH from our Aberdeen and Fort William offices and have been heavily involved in community based partnerships.

I ride a bike to work as often as I can because I see so much more than from a car.

I grew up mostly in Edinburgh, but lived in Canada when I was young.