Scotland staff team

Brendan Paddy
Ramblers Scotland director

Brendan has previously worked with the Ramblers, first as interim director in Scotland during 2017 and more recently as a consultant on major GB-wide programmes. Previously, he was director of communications for the Disasters Emergency Committee.

 Helen Todd

Helen Todd
Campaigns & policy manager

Helen joined Ramblers Scotland 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 stepped down as Chair of Scottish Environment LINK in December 2017 after 7 years on the board, and was previously a board member of Transform Scotland for 8 years.


Danny Carden
Communications & engagement manager

Danny joined Ramblers Scotland in April 2016, and is responsible for all things comms & engagement north of the border. He has a 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.

Jeannie Cranfield
Delivery officer

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. She loves nothing more than walking in the wilds of Scotland. Jeannie became Delivery Officer in 2015. 


Sam Knight
Young adult development project officer

Sam joined Ramblers Scotland in March 2019 to work with the young walking groups across Scotland. He has a background in outdoor education and outdoor retail, and has a passion for getting people enjoying the outdoors. In his own time, he loves walking, running, and mountain biking. 


Luke Phillips
Project manager: Mapping Scotland’s Paths

Luke joined Ramblers Scotland in August 2019 to manage the Mapping Scotland’s Paths project. He has a background in using mapping, data and statistics to establish and develop projects. He has previously worked for Cycling Scotland and within the public sector. 


Claire Exley
Governance & events administrator

Claire joined the Ramblers in November 2021. Her background is mainly in Higher Education. She is passionate about the health benefits of being outdoors and enjoys walking, kayaking and is known to have the odd wild swim.”


Heath Brown
Community Engagement Officer – Mapping Scotland’s Paths

Heath joined the Ramblers in November 2021. Heath has a long background in conservation and working to improve local places with communities through out Scotland. Outside my work I enjoy caring for my wildlife garden and getting out and about walking in the countryside.
Helen Todd