Interim Director of Scotland
Born and raised in New Zealand, Brendan grew up more outdoors than in. He graduated as a teenager from scout camps and forest strolls to multi-night and high level walks. Since moving to London 20 years ago he has visited most the UK’s national parks and wilder places. Brendan trained as a journalist in New Zealand and worked as a reporter at the Nelson Evening Mail. Since moving to the UK he has worked in media and communications for the Environment Agency, Amnesty International, Save the Children, ChildLine and Age Concern England. Until moving to Edinburgh in September, Brendan was the Director of Communications for the Disasters Emergency Committee. He holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management from the LSE.
Director of Scotland (currently on maternity leave)
Jess started her employment with Ramblers on 9 February 2015 as the Director for Scotland. Before joining Ramblers, Jess has worked for two of the largest environmental and conservation campaigning organisations, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB. While at the RSPB Jess managed the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative, delivering a programme of 50 linked projects covering access, conservation and heritage. Jess is particularly interested in the links between walking and wellbeing, and the benefits that being outdoors has on physical and mental health. Jess is a keen walker, though juggles this with needs of her curious toddler who is an enthusiastic (if unpredictable) addition to many walks.
Campaigns & Policy Manager
Helen is Campaigns & Policy Manager for Ramblers Scotland. She joined the organisation in 2004 as Access Campaign Officer, working towards the effective implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, and took on her current role in 2011. Previously Helen worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland. She gained an MSc in Ecological Economics at Edinburgh University in 2003 and before that worked for 13 years as a teacher, trainer and manager in language schools, mainly overseas. Helen is a keen walker and cyclist and is a mildly-obsessive Munro-bagger.
Danny joined Ramblers Scotland in April 2016, and is responsible for all things comms & engagement north of the border. He has a background in background in digital communications, PR and journalism - and previously worked for ScotRail and regional newspapers in England. He loves being outdoors, whether that is for running, climbing, hillwalking or photography.
Medal Routes Project Officer
Rob joined Ramblers Scotland in October 2013 as the Medal Routes Project Officer, to implement and promote walking hubs throughout Scotland that offer short circular walking routes. His background involves working with schools, local communities and engaging with employees to be more physically active and choose sustainable travel options. Rob loves extreme sports and travelling to new places when he gets the chance.
Before joining Ramblers Scotland as Games Legacy Advisor, Jeannie spent over a decade managing dance, opera, comedy and theatre productions before moving into large scale outdoor event management. Latterly she was Practice Development Manager for Children in Scotland for seven years before moving to India to volunteer with a small charity that provides education for neglected children. Home again she is delighted to be doing her bit to get Scotland more physically active. Since joining Ramblers had she been bitten by the Munro bug and loves nothing more than walking in the wilds of Scotland. Jeannie became Delivery Officer in 2015.
Project Officer - Walks Leadership
Area and Governance Administrator
Faye joined Ramblers in January 2016. Her role includes supporting Scottish Council Executive Committee, areas and general office administration. She has previously worked for Standard Life Investments and volunteered as a counsellor at ChildLine. She enjoys playing music, being outside and going on walks.