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Meet the team

Head of Green Infrastructure Fund

Iain Rennick - Head of Green Infrastructure Fund

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 - Green Infrastructure Finance and Audit Manager

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

Since completing a MSc in Ecological Economics in Edinburgh, I’ve worked (and volunteered) in the Scottish environment sector for the past 8 years. Most of that time has been spent with RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Wildlife Trust, where I managed a variety of remits and funded projects including national white tailed eagle and red squirrel conservation, outdoor learning, and community engagement. Outside of work I prefer to spend my time in nature, inhaling as much fresh air as possible! I’m a keen climber, member of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, and volunteer with the Search & Rescue Dog Association of Scotland.

Green Infrastructure Administrative Officer

Steven Smith - Green Infrastructure Administrative Officer

Following completion of my BA in Business Management I have worked with SNH for a number of years in several different roles, from acting as Co-ordinator to SNH's Management Team and Board to supporting various projects in our Operations and Policy & Advice Directorates.  I feel privileged to be part of an exciting new team who will oversee the delivery of the Green Infrastructure Fund.

When I’m not working my interests include enjoying the great outdoors through running (road and trail). My other past times include badminton, golf, football and cooking.

Latest News

Green Infrastructure Fund - update on future funding round

The Green Infrastructure Fund team met with colleagues from Scottish Government today to discuss a future funding round for our main Fund, which supports capital infrastructure projects.  This requires Scottish Natural Heritage to apply for a...

Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Travel Grants for Young People to Research Green Infrastructure (Scotland)

To raise awareness and support delivery of green infrastructure in central Scotland, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) is offering young people aged 18 to 25 the opportunity to apply for a grant towards travel anywhere in the world to...

Thursday, February 8th, 2018
Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund Round 2 - open for applications

Round 2 of the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund is now open for applications and will close on 3 April 2018.

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
Urban Design with Nature Sharing Good Practice Event - 21 February 2018 - Battleby Conference Centre, Perth

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage in partnership with ERZ Studio, WSP, and Glasgow City Council this free event is for urban planners, designers, architects, landscape architects, developers, contractors, engineers; house builders and social...

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017