Job history – present role and interesting past roles:
I am currently Senior Health, Safety & Environmental Advisor for Centrica Exploration & Production, an oil and gas company. I have worked in various roles within Centrica, initially around the Cumbria and Lancashire coast and latterly for the wider European business.
Before studying Environmental Protection at university I ran my own business as an artist and illustrator.
Connection to the coast – why you are interested – childhood or family links:
I have always lived within a few miles of the sea and love that it is a very tangible demonstration of earth’s changing moods. My work and study has also added a realisation of the importance of the sea for ecology, community and transportation amongst many other things.
Interests and hobbies:
Much of my spare time is taken up organising and carrying out conservation activities, including litter pick events in both Aberdeenshire and Cumbria. I enjoy running, hillwalking and photography. I am also a qualified dry stone waller.
Vision for the East Grampian Coast in 2030 – hopes and expectations:
I want the coast to be appreciated and utilised by as many user groups as possible. I hope the partnership can highlight the value of this coast and that it can thrive in a sustainable way.
Favourite place on the East Grampian Cost – place and reason why:
Newburgh Beach - a beautiful beach where a short walk is rewarded by seeing a colony of inquisitive seals… yet only a few minutes’ drive from Aberdeen city centre.