Our People

REAP Board

As an independent charity, REAP’s direction and development is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees, with a wealth of experience in sustainability, capacity building, rural development, rural poverty and social enterprise. REAP is also a company limited by guarantee and the trustees are also the company’s directors.

Elizabeth Runcie is a Director of the local Keith Charity Sunshine Playgroup and also runs her own company. She is a Trustee of North Church in Keith. Elizabeth has a wealth of knowledge and experience in policy development, procedures, HR and project management which she brings to the REAP Board where she currently holds the remit for staff liaison and is the Chair of the Board.

Martin Birse manages 3,500 acres for the Dunbar family, in-hand. He has an MSc and is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society. He is a Director of the Scottish Organic Producers’ Association and of the Royal Highland Education Trust. He is Treasurer and a past Chair of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society and a Director of the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative.

DSCN9812_stitchLynn Geddes comes from a Youth and Community Development background with over 10 years experience in Community Schools and rural development. Lynn has always had a keen interested in young people and the potential they have in shaping our world. She became involved in the addiction field as a result of this interest and became a volunteer counsellor and later, volunteer supervisor and Director of Moray Council on Addiction. Lynn is also on the Board of the Loft Youth Project in Keith. She is an accredited counsellor and trainer and an international facilitator. Lynn is a spiritual person and teaches heartfulness and yoga, as well as making them part of her daily life.

RachelRachel Turner is Project Manager for the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative, an educational charity whose aim is to help children and their teachers in the North-East of Scotland develop a greater understanding of farming and the working countryside.  As well as having a BSc in Environmental Biology, Rachel has a wealth of experience working in schools and with educational and environmental organisations.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening, photography and horse riding.


REAP Staff

Ann Davidson specialises in environmental work, community development and volunteer management.   Ann has delivered community consultation for clients including NHS Grampian, the Scottish Government and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. In her years at REAP, Ann has also developed and managed food access projects, environmental workshops, waste projects, green spaces projects with schools, carbon footprinting and reduction projects, and environmental publications. Ann’s work on developing REAP’s carbon reduction pack for communities won  a ‘Your Moray, Your Environment’ award from Moray Council in 2008. Ann’s interests include Co-operatives, organic gardening, hillwalking and cycling her electric bike to work. Ann’s qualifications include a degree with distinction in Environment and Heritage Studies, PP1 in Youth Work and a BTCV Leadership Skills qualification. Contact her on ann2@reapscotland.org.uk

Lynne Laing specialises in working in outdoor education and energy advice. She studied Applied Environmental Sciences, Crofting Connections,Crofting for the future and has a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness. She has previously worked in environmental education and forest schools with Wildthings!, in energy awareness and fuel poverty projects with SCARF, and in REAP’s Energy Action Moray Project. She is now working on the Energy Benefits Moray, co-ordinating a community energy champions project across Moray and is busy Diggin’ in Den Crescent too. Lynne hails from Lochaber.  Contact her on lynne@reapscotland.org.uk


reap site pic o meBarrie Wink is a REAP specialist in energy advice, thermography and Energy Performance Certification. Barrie began his association with REAP as a volunteer after completion of a BSc in Sustainability from UHI-Moray College. Barrie is qualified in Level 1 Thermography and City & Guilds energy advice. He works for on the Energy Benefits Moray specialising in insulation and other energy saving measures, available grants and loans and thermography surveys. In his spare time Barrie enjoys astronomy, mountain biking and films. Contact him on barrie@reapscotland.org.uk


Dorothy Allan is a project worker at REAP for the Grow Elgin project. From Elgin, she is passionate about gardening organically, growing fruit and veg with as little impact on the environment as is possible. She has a diploma in Ecology and has been on a Permaculture course, a Crofting Connections course and is studying RHS Level 2 in The Principles of Horticulture. For the last seven years she has been a volunteer with the Elgin Allotment Association, involved with running a garden share in town and a garden club at a local school. Through REAP she has passed on her enthusiasm in gardening  working alongside experienced gardeners  and with lots of new growers through the courses and activities the project offers,  She enjoys any pursuit that gets her outdoors mainly gardening, cycling, walking and photography.  dorothy@reapscotland.org.uk

carbon-literacy-weeCatherine Sinclair
 is REAP’s project administrator and Development work and works on many of REAP’s projects including community consultation, research and social enterprise, and administers two local Community Benefit Funds. She enjoys the variety her job brings. She previously worked providing support to Third Sector organisations in Moray and is constantly amazed and impressed by the volume and diversity of work carried out by local social enterprises and voluntary & community groups.
When not at work she is usually found in the garden. Contact her on catherine@reapscotland.org.uk

RebeccaRebecca Kail is the development worker for Moray Food Network. Rebecca has a background of involvement in environmental and community issues, particularly those relating to food and transport. A keen organic grower, she helped to set up Elgin Allotments Association to campaign for more community growing spaces. She has volunteered with the Sustrans and Urban Freedom projects in Elgin, and with Bikeability training in local schools. When not working, you’ll find her weeding the veg. plot, reading, knitting, learning Gaelic and spending time with her family. Contact her on rebecca@reapscotland.org.uk

PaulPaul Kendall is a project worker at REAP for the Grow Elgin project. Although first trained as a graphic designer, Paul has spent the last 20 years or so working in nature conservation, initially organising conservation volunteer work in the Highlands, and over the last ten years working  in outdoor education and community engagement, notably as the RSPB’s lead field teacher in and around Strathspey and Moray. He is passionate about helping people make connections to, and learn about, Nature, be that on a nature reserve or in a back garden. In his spare time he enjoys all the usual outdoorsey things like walking, cycling (on- and off-road)and gardening, or curling up indoors with a good book and/or music. Contact him on paul@reapscotland.org.uk

Barney Thompson is a Project Worker for the Energy Action Scotland project and sessional Community Gardener for the Eat Canny and Diggin’ in Den Crescent projects. He previously worked on the Grow Elgin project. His qualifications include an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management and a Permaculture Design Certificate and his work experience includes time in education, community development and with The Conservation Volunteers and The Permaculture Association. When not having fun spreading the joy of saving energy and growing food with folks of all ages across Moray, he is also a private tutor and gardener. He lives near Forres and in his spare time can be found drumming, dancing, studying personal development and spending time in the great outdoors. Contact him at barney@reapscotland.org.uk