David Sigsworth took up
office as Chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency on
1 January 2008. Since that time David has been influential in
driving changes in the way SEPA delivers its environmental
services. The organisation is now spearheading improved
approaches to better regulation and environmental science whilst
implementing financial efficiencies.
David was appointed
Chairman, Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum in September 2011, and
Chairman of the Scottish Energy Technology Partnership Industry
Advisory Group in September 2013. He became a member of the
Scottish Government’s Expert Commission on Energy Regulation in
July 2013. A Chartered Electrical Engineer by profession,
David is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary
Professor at the University of Dundee.
He also undertakes a
range of non-executive roles and is Chairman of Sigma Capital Group
plc, Chairman, SeaEnergy plc, Chairman, Flexitricity Ltd and
Chairman, Dundee Science Centre. He is also Vice President of
the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) and a Trustee of the
Think Tank Sustainability First.
Before joining SEPA,
David’s career spanned 43 years in the utility sector. He held
several positions on the Board of Scottish and Southern Energy plc
(SSE) and had previously been Commercial Director of Scottish Hydro
Electric plc since 1995.
James Curran, Chief Executive, Scottish
Environment Protection Agency MBE
James Curran has worked in
environmental science and environmental regulation for 30 years. He
has undertaken studies in hydrometeorology, numerical modelling of
dispersion in marine waters, and water resources management as well
as a spell of direct regulatory enforcement with agricultural and
He has been a consultant to the
Scottish Office and was for some years the Head of Science with the
Scottish Environment Protection Agency and then Head of
In 2006 he co-founded and then ran
Entrading, the UK's first comprehensive eco-store and cafe in
central Glasgow. This was sold a couple of years later and he has
taken up a post, again with SEPA, as Director of Science and
Strategy. James was awarded an MBE for services to the environment
Dr Richard Dixon
After a PhD in Astrophysics, Richard
completed an energy and environment MSc at Glasgow
Caledonian University. After
working for CSV and Strathclyde Regional Council, he was appointed
Head of Research at FoE Scotland in 1994. He worked on issues as
diverse as climate change, bathing beaches and fish farming.
He moved to become Head of Policy with WWF Scotland in 2002.
In this role Richard led a 6-strong policy team working on marine,
freshwater, climate, education and resource consumption
Richard became Director
of WWF Scotland in July 2005. Richard helped set up
Transform Scotland and has been particularly involved in creating
the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition, which pressed
for Scotland’s strong climate targets and aims to help deliver
them. In 2011 WWF Scotland won the Great Places to Work award
for best charity workplace in Scotland. In January 2013
Richard became Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, where he
continues to work on energy and climate issues, as well as air
quality. He serves on the boards of Stop Climate Chaos
Scotland and SNIFFER.
Bob Downes (DipTP, M
Phil) runs an investment and advisory services business. He
is also a non executive Director of Care Visions Group; a Governor
of the Glasgow School of Art; and a member of the Glasgow
University Business School and Scotrail Advisory Boards.
Until September 2011 Bob was a senior Executive Director Network
with Openreach (part of BT Group) which delivers installation and
maintenance services, providing the 'first mile' of network
services to home and businesses.
Bob was with the BT group since
1999 and has been Director BT Scotland and Director BT
Regions. Prior to BT he was a Director in Scottish Enterprise
and also a Director of Conran Roche, a London based
He has served on the Sir Patrick
Carter Review on PAYE for Small Businesses for the UK Treasury; as
a board member of International Council for Urban Development
(Washington DC) and has advised or been a board member of a wide
range of voluntary organisations including the Wise Group of
Glasgow, Ulster Community Investment Trust (a community bank), the
Flax Trust in Belfast, and the Scottish Ensemble.
He is a graduate of Duncan of
Jordanstone College of Art and the Open University.
Appointed January 2014
Michelle is qualified to MSc level in
Environmental Science and has worked as an environment and
sustainability professional for 20 years in both the public and
Within businesses she has advised on
environmental and sustainability management, having been Head of
Environment at Network Rail for 6 years, covering the whole of the
UK, and prior to that Environment Manager for Railtrack in
Scotland. Michelle established herself in consultancy in
Scotland in 2004 and has for 10 years been providing advice on
strategic sustainability and environmental management for a variety
of clients across the UK. She served as an SNH Board Member
for 6 years from 2005-2011.
Michelle is currently Director and owner of
Sustainability Catalyst Ltd, a small sustainability and
environmental consultancy practice operating largely in the
transport sector. Recent assignments include advising on
sustainability issues for a large infrastructure project and
leading the sustainability submission for rail franchise bids.
Michelle holds no other ministerial
Dr Jackie Hyland
Jackie qualified in
medicine at Edinburgh University and holds a position as a
Consultant in Public Health Medicine with NHS Tayside. Jackie has a
strong track record in environmental protection within the health
sector, providing health advice to partner agencies and
communities. She tutors at two leading Scottish universities and
has published on environmental health management.
As Chair of the Scottish
Sustainable Health Network she has been closely involved in
reviewing the evidence for improving health through sustainable
development. She is currently preparing a thesis on air quality and
Appointed January 2014
Nick Martin is Head of Corporate
Development at The Weir Group PLC, a leading global manufacturer of
engineered equipment for the natural resources and power generation
sectors. Nick led the Corporate Development function at Weir,
implementing a strategy of business acquisition and divestment, in
a decade of transformation that saw the market value of the
group increase eightfold – to become
Scotland’s largest industrial company. A chemistry graduate,
Nick has extensive international business experience, having lived
and worked in France, the Netherlands and Germany and executed
acquisition and joint venture projects in over 15 countries.
Appointed January 2014
Trisha McAuley was
latterly the Director for Scotland of Consumer Futures, formerly
Consumer Focus Scotland. She has nearly twenty years of experience
in developing consumer policy and in advising government,
regulators, service providers and businesses on how best to engage
with, and take account of the needs of, consumers and communities
in Scotland, particularly those who are most disadvantaged or
vulnerable. She has a strong record of working with stakeholders in
Scotland and the UK, of playing a key role in building policy
consensus, and of operating in challenging regulatory policy
environments. She brings to the Board a combination of expertise in
consumer affairs, stakeholder engagement, policy development,
regulated industries and strategic business and change management.
Added to this is Trisha’s previous experience as the lead for
consumer advocacy in the water industry in Scotland and her prior
career in the NHS, leading to particular knowledge of and interest
in Scotland’s water environment and also the impact of the
environment on public health.
Professor Bill McKelvey
McKelvey was Chief Executive and Principal of the Scottish
Agricultural College for ten years until early 2012. He now holds a
number of Non Executive roles including membership of the Scottish
Food Advisory Committee and of the Court of the University of the
Highlands and Islands. He has also recently been appointed as Vice
Chairman of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern
He holds a first class
honours degree in veterinary science from the University of
Glasgow, a postgraduate diploma from the University of Guelph,
Canada, and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen. He is a Fellow
of the Royal Agricultural Societies, serves as a member of the
Veterinary Policy Group of the British Veterinary Association, and
is a member of the Governance Review Group of the Royal College of
In May 2011,
he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, in
recognition of his contribution to science, and was awarded an OBE
in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (June 2011), for services to
( PhD, CChem, CISA, CISM, MIoD, FAAG,
FRSC) is an internationally recognised scientist and
award-winning company director with over 30 years’ experience in
environmental surveys and data modelling on energy and environment
systems. As a chartered chemist and chemistry professor
working on environmental and energy systems he has worked in
universities in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Denmark and Scotland
until he decided to move full time into consultancy.
As CEO Keith founded and
managed several firms including EnviroSurveys (NZ) and The TP
Group, which was a first-mover into eCommerce, and has held
Directorships in a range of environmental and technology firms.
He has acted as a scientific advisor to past governments in
Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and, as Fellow of the RSC, UK MPs,
specialising in environmental forensics and impact analysis.
He is presently a specialist consultant providing strategic
advisory services in cybersecurity, technology and business
development and is a Board Member of Scottish Natural Heritage.
Dr Lesley Sawers
Lesley Sawers took up the position
of Vice Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor for Business Development
at Glasgow Caledonian University on 1 July 2013. She had
been the Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for
Development and Industry (SCDI), a position she took up in March
2008. She joined from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce where
she was Chief Executive.
She has also held a
number of Board and non-executive appointments across a range of
public, private and voluntary sector organisations including
VisitScotland, Event Scotland, Royal Mail Group, Business Club
Scotland, Action for Children and Scottish Power.
She has a degree in
economics from Glasgow University and a PhD from the Institute of
Retail Studies in Stirling University.