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.
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.
Rachel 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.
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
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 co-ordinating a community energy champions project across Moray and is busy Diggin’ in Den Crescent too. Lynne hails from Lochaber. Contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Barrie 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 REAP on the Energy Benefits Moray project, 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 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 has been on a Permaculture course, a Crofting Connections course and is studying RHS Level 2 in The Principles of Horticulture. 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. 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 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 at barney at reapscotland.org.uk
Alasdair Taylor has a life-long love of gardening and green space generally. He is a certified Permaculture Designer and enjoys designing, building and tending gardens for wildlife and people to thrive in. Low maintanence, high yield gardens are a particular interest. Alasdair is an innovative ecotherapy practitioner and has developed the PRANA modality for outdoor-based recovery and mental well-being. In his spare time he is Executive Director of ecotherapy soical enterprise Earth for Life and also finds time for growing organic vegetables on his allotment, foraging in the woods, storytelling performances with his partner, eco-poet Helen Moore, and playing cricket. Contact him on alasdair at reapscotland.org.uk
Lawrence Runcie is a City and Guilds qualified energy advisor for REAP, working on REAP’s Energy Benefits Moray project. With a background in the offshore industry and as an electrician, he is a valuable team member. He has previously volunteered for REAP on energy projects and on work to keep the office up to date with health and safety standards.
Lawrence also runs his own business and in his spare time, enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen gardener. You can contact him on lawrence at reapscotland.org.uk
Richard Wilson works as an Energy Advisor for REAP and for a local housing association. He has a City and Guilds qualification in energy advice and an interest in renewable energy. He enjoys helping people in Moray save on their heating bills by getting the best deal on tariffs, improving their energy efficiency, and acting as an advocate for clients dealing with energy supplies. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, messing about on boats and doing voluntary work. Richard’s history includes the Royal Marines, Ambulance Service, university, and too much time working as an IT consultant for a large IT company. Contact him on richard at reapscotland.org.uk