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.
Lynn 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.
Steve MacBeath is a retired teacher and a weel kent face in Keith. He supports a number of local organisations including Keith & District Men’s Shed, Longmore Hall Steering Group, and Keith Community Radio. He is a keen gardener and an active member of Keith Allotment Group, generously sharing his gardening knowledge and organisational skills, as well as the occasional surplus plant. He is also an excellent baker and his home made bread is legendary!
Cathy Francis is a chartered teacher and is passionate about outdoor learning, along with many other wide ranging interests. We are delighted to have her join REAP’s Board in 2018. More details soon…
Jonny Barton is a qualified community education worker and worked for a time in the Banff area. He now works self-employed as a gardener and as a tutor of English as a second language in that. He is also a qualified Permaculture tutor and occasionally teaches ecological design. Jonny lives in a strawbale house near Foggie, and is interested in baking the perfect local loaf of bread, growing local food and fuelwood at home. Jonny is very happy to support the positive education and action REAP does.
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 at reapscotland.org.uk
Dorothy Allan is a project worker at REAP for the Grow Elgin & Beyond 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 Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificates in The Principles of Horticulture and in the Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance. She has been on a Permaculture course, a Crofting Connections course and has gained her Two Day Introduction to Bushcraft certificate through Wild Things. For the last several 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. She is also a volunteer Seed Guardian, growing rare varieties of vegetables to save seed to send back to the seed bank. 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, hill walking and photography. Contact her on dorothy at reapscotland.org.uk
Tracey Leith is REAP’s admin, based mainly in the Keith office. She supports all of REAP’s many projects, directing enquiries, providing admin support, designing promotional items and generally help keep everything running smoothly. She is a farmer’s wife, mum of 2 and keen baker, and the rest of REAP staff are delighted to be benefit from her baking skills. When not at work she is often to be found fundraising for Crossroads Primary Parent Council and is a cunning quiz composer. You can contact her on tracey at reapscotland.org.uk
Catherine 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 at reapscotland.org.uk
Barney Thompson is a Project Worker on both REAP’s growing and energy projects. His qualifications include an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management, a Permaculture Design Certificate and a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness 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 healing and spending time in the great outdoors. Contact him on barney at reapscotland.org.uk
Beth Dunlop is a Project Outreach Worker for Grow Elgin and Beyond. She has worked towards creating a sustainable world for many years, originally in the energy industry and more recently as a community gardener. She has an MS in Ecology, a BA in biology and English and recently completed the College Certificate in Horticulture Incorporating SVQ Level 2 at Moray College. She enjoys her garden, family, outdoor pursuits, writing, meeting friends in cafes. Contact her on beth at reapscotland.org.uk
Jenni Marchant, originally from Aberdeen and now based in Lossiemouth, is REAP’s Energy Champions Worker. She joined REAP initially as a volunteer as part of the Grow Elgin project, and still continues to enjoy helping at the Maryhill Garden on a Monday. She is passionate about the Environment, and a more sustainable, affordable approach to living. She has a background in Community Education using the Arts, with qualifications that include a BA in Community Arts from the University of Strathclyde, an HND in Professional Photography & Imaging and a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness. She is a keen amateur gardener, enjoys running, and can often be found with a knitting or spinning project, and sometimes even a house full of papier mache. Contact her
Tracy Watling is REAP’s Energy Advisor who originally comes from Dumbarton. She has previously worked in a number of different roles such as a Personal Advisor for Home Energy Scotland in Glasgow (where she gained her City & Guilds in Energy Awareness) offering help and support to those in fuel poverty and as a Smart Energy Expert (fitting Gas & Electric Meters) for Scottish Gas. Tracy is passionate about the environment and helping others to reduce their carbon footprint and fuel costs. She also enjoys spending time with family, gong to gig’s, outdoor pursuits and taking her large dog for long walks.