Scotland staff team

Jess Dolan-Director of Scotland

Jess Dolan

Director for Scotland

Jess started her employment with Ramblers in February 2015 as the Director for Scotland and has recently returned to work after a year’s maternity leave.   Before joining Ramblers Scotland, 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. She is a board member of ACOSVO.  Jess is a keen walker, though juggles this with the needs of her two young children.

 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 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

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. 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.



Jessica Browning
Governance & events administrator

Jessica joined Ramblers Scotland in February 2019, and is responsible for ensuring the smooth planning for SCEC meetings and event administration. Before joining Ramblers Scotland, she ran the logistics of a small coffee roastery in Edinburgh and studied English at university in the United States, where she is from. She enjoys exploring the countryside, and can often be found with her nose in a book. 


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.