Naomi Johnson has been working as an independent freelancer in Scotland since September 2016. Naomi is client focused and has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Previous roles include leading the Scottish Charity Firstport (2007-2011) and also working for CRN UK (1999-2007). Naomi holds an MBA from the Cranfield Trust. Naomi has previously served on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland and is currently a non-exec board member at Dumfries and Galloway College.
Ian Matheson is the Head of Operations for Blythswood Care. Ian has overall management of Blythswood Care’s 24 Scottish reuse shops and 2 hub depots, processing goods for reuse and recycling sale. Leading 98 staff and 100’s of volunteers in this work, it provides funding towards Blythswood Care’s projects in Scotland and abroad e.g. food bank centres, supported training, life-skills for ex orphanage boys, education and community programmes etc.
Effective resource management is at the core of Blythswood Trading’s operations with 2100 tonnes reused or recycled each year in Scotland. Ian has led Blythswood’s work with/support for over 30 like-minded community organisations in Scotland. Ian is a founding member of the Zero Waste Scotland Revolve Users Group.
Prior to joining Blythswood, Ian spent over 18 years in the IT sector, implementing and project managing IT systems for clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Ian is a trustee of The Elsie Normington Foundation and a trustee of the Blythswood Romania charity.
David manages the Social Enterprise Academy’s activities in the North of Scotland and leads on rural programmes for Social Enterprise Academy International. He has account managed learning programmes on 28 different Scottish islands and scores of remote mainland communities, including in Gaelic medium programmes. Internationally David has account managed programmes in 12 countries on four continents. He works closely with Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and British Council.
Before joining Social enterprise Academy, David was Development Officer for CRNS from 2004-2008, covering the North of Scotland. The social and environmental outcomes of the sector are what drives David, avoiding what one CRNS member called ‘wasted resources and wasted lives’.
David has worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University for 17 years, tutoring on three Environment modules. He lives in Dingwall, and enjoys running, cycling, hillwalking and wild camping, often with some of his four children.
Mark is a Director of Stella’s Voice and in charge of its UK operation. Having been with the charity for over 32 years Mark not only brings a passion and keen interest for all things reuse, he also brings extensive experience and insight from his decades of working in the charity and reuse & recycling sector and how these projects can be used to impact and transform lives in communities locally and overseas.
Since joining, Mark has been actively engaged with Circular Communities Scotland and more recently (2019) Stella’s Voice joined the Reuse Consortium which has increased the involvement and engagement with Circular Communities Scotland.
Jon Molyneux is Scottish Affairs Lead for Fareshare, which is the UK’s largest charitable redistributor of surplus food. In Scotland, Fareshare works through four regional centres and supports over 750 community-based organisations to access good food. Jon is also a serving councillor on Glasgow City Council, representing the Pollokshields ward for the Scottish Green Party since 2017. Previously, Jon was Head of Communications and Engagement for Zero Waste Scotland and he has held a variety of policy and front-line roles in the environmental and social enterprise sectors. Originally from West Cumbria, and via university in Liverpool, Jon now lives in Glasgow with his wife and two boys. He is also a Trustee of Spruce Carpets, a social enterprise focused on flooring reuse.
Sasha Taylor is the CEO at The Bike Station, working alongside a team who work tirelessly, to ensure more people have access to the benefits of cycling whilst improving our environment.
Sasha brings experience from a career across the third sector, health, equalities, environment and social justice; and brings an unwavering commitment in collaboration and the social change.
Outside of work Sasha will be found riding bikes, avoiding squirrels and collecting Netsuke.
Rashid is the Chief Executive of SoulRiders, an innovative community cycling organisation based in Glasgow.
He has a passion for sustainable innovation and embedding grassroots scale-able projects. Rashid is also very proud of his Scottish and Pakistani heritage and has developed many strategic models with diversity at the heart.
As a keen believer of a just transition across many facets he is currently focused on the climate transformation. With a network that transcends all sectors he is developing a net-zero zone with a great ambition for Glasgow to become an exemplar community, cycling, green city.
Rashid also loves his bike and can be seen sipping a coffee having engaged in his favourite, ‘rolled up trousers’ riding style.
Jo Weston, aka ‘Chief Mission Officer’ helps CEOs and leadership teams to build impactful brands and organisations centered around a clear purpose and mission.
Jo has a creative and marketing communications background gained from working in advertising agencies in the UK and with award-winning circular start-ups, scale-ups, climate tech, social enterprises and B Corps internationally in Amsterdam.
Now based in Dunblane, Jo is a mentor for the Scottish IoT accelerator program (STAC), an associate at Social Invest Scotland and is on the board of a local zero-waste community shop. Jo also runs a ‘circular airbnb’ in the loft above her house – Furnished entirely with pre-loved furniture and fittings. Jo’s strategic marketing knowledge and experience of circular initiatives overseas will provide valuable support to the board and Circular Communities Scotland.
Laura Young is an award winning climate activist, environmental scientist, and ethical influencer.
In October 2022 Laura began her PhD between the University of Abertay and the University of Dundee as a Hydro Nations Scholar in climate resilience work. She has a First Class honours degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Dundee, and a Masters with Distinction in Environmental Protection and Management from the University of Edinburgh.
Laura regularly speaks in the media, bringing her expertise into conversations about climate, waste, sustainable fashion, and environmental justice issues. Speaking engagements, online and in-person, have been a core part of Laura's work, from her TEDx Talk to schools, conferences, and working with the private sector.
Laura has also worked for the international development charity Tearfund as the COP26 Coordinator and "Let's Change The Climate" programme manager. Seeking to bring younger voices into influential spaces, she also sits on a variety of boards and advisory committees.
Donna is the Opportunities Developer for Transition Stirling's latest project - the Stirling Reuse Hub, her role involves building collaborations with the public, private and third sector and regular problem solving. Donna has worked within the Environmental and Circular Economy sectors for over 20 years primarily focused on research and pilot projects and also works part-time for Enscape Consulting.
Mary is the co-Founder and Director of Ostrero, which works to grow the Circular Economy in Scotland through mindset change and education. She is interested in the intersection between creativity and the Circular Economy and how this can bring about positive change. Previous roles include Director of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths and the Scottish Goldsmiths’ Trust; and Trustee of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland and Craft Scotland. Mary lives in Edinburgh with her husband and 3 children.