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Meet the Team

Graduate Placement - Green Infrastructure

Rhona Smith - Graduate Placement - Green Infrastructure Monitoring & Evaluation

After completing a BSc in Geography at the University of Stirling, I went on to study towards an MSC in Environmental Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh. I am excited to be working for SNH on a graduate placement within the Green Infrastructure Team.  During my time as a student I held previous roles as an intern with Stirling Council and Edinburgh College.  Outside of work I enjoy cycling, running and spending time with family. 

Head of Green Infrastructure Fund

Iain Rennick - Head of Structural Funds

I have worked for SNH since it was formed in 1992, and prior to that for one of our predecessor bodies, the Countryside Commission for Scotland.  The posts I’ve been in over that lengthy period (time flies!) have covered most aspects of our remit.  Latterly, I was an Area Manager for 11 years, responsible for our operational delivery across east Central Scotland.  A strand running through my career has been an interest in improving the environment of urban communities, with my involvement spanning from the Countryside Around Towns project in the 1980’s through to the Central Scotland Green Network initiative today.  I’m very pleased, therefore, to be part of a project that has the resources to make a real difference on the ground in some of our most disadvantaged communities, with all the environmental, social, economic and health benefits that can bring.

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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.

Finance and Audit Manager

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.

I am also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters and recently studied full time for a BSc Sustainable Forest Management with Conservation at the University of the Highlands & Islands which included a year working with Forest Enterprise Scotland, Inverness, Ross & Skye District.

I am originally from Norwich, Norfolk and have a strong interest in sustainable land management.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

Outside of work I prefer to spend my time in nature, inhaling as much fresh air as possible! I’m a keen climber, member and Trustee of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, and an honorary member of the Search & Rescue Dog Association of Scotland.

Green Infrastructure Administrative Officer

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.

When I’m not working my interests include enjoying the great outdoors, primarily through running (road and trail) and can usually be found deep in training for an upcoming marathon with like minded friends.  My other past times include badminton, golf, football, cinema trips and cooking.

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