peterOur Patron

In February 2009 the Green Team Board appointed the first Green Team Patron, Peter Wright.

Peter began his career in Youth Work and Community Education going on to become the Manager of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Unit in the City of Edinburgh from 1989-2007. He co-founded Youth in Trust – now the National Trust for Scotland Conservation Volunteers, and Thistle Camps. Peter set up the Green Team in 1995 to offer an environmental opportunity to those taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He also helped to establish the John Muir Award. He is currently Convenor and Treasurer of the History of Education Centre in Edinburgh. In 2005 Peter was awarded an MBE for services to the community.

Our Board Members

Lorna Street, Chair
Lorna is a research scientist specialising in ecosystems and ecology. She is based at Heriot-Watt University, and is working on a project that aims to understand how Arctic ecosytems will respond to climate change. Lorna has been a volunteer leader with the Green Team since 2003.

Janet Forbes, Treasurer
Janet has a strong accountancy background having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years.  Janet has been the Green Team Treasurer since 2017.

Andy Ruck, Minutes Secretary
Andy Ruck has a Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education, and experience of outdoor leadership in a wide variety of contexts. He has worked as an overseas expedition leader, climbing instructor, and on employability programmes with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). Over the past three years, he has also been a very active volunteer leader with the Green Team, both on the Green Volunteers and Green Shoots programmes.

Lisa Talbot
Lisa brings over 10 years fundraising experience in the environmental sector to the Board. She began working with young people in outdoor education in 2000 and joined the Green Team as a volunteer leader in 2013 before joining the Board in 2019.

Gavin Crosby
Gavin has a background in informal education. He has worked with young people in schools, youth work settings and through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education and currently works at the City of Edinburgh Council in Community Learning and Development. Gavin has volunteered with the Green Team over a number of years and became chair in 2007. Gavin brings knowledge of youth, education and additional support needs policy to the board as well as experience in delivering services to challenging young people.

Don Williamson
Don Williamson is Chief Executive of Shared Care Scotland a national charity supporting carers and care recipients. Prior to this he spent two years as Programme Director in Edinburgh for the international leadership organisation Common Purpose, and before this was eight years with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as Assistant then Deputy Director for Scotland. Don is also a member of the Visiting Committee for Polmont Young Offenders Institution.

Zoe Langford
Zoe began leading conservation projects while she was at university, and has continued to work in related fields ever since. She originally joined the Green Team as a volunteer in 2013 then was the Green Volunteers Project Co-ordinator in 2013-14 and ran a pilot project in 2014-15. After this she became a Board Member. Zoe now works as a Co-Worker at a Camphill Community in Edinburgh, where she supports adults with learning disabilities and autism to participate in wood working and conservation projects.

Julie Ellam
Julie is a marketing consultant who runs her own business and has been involved in running DofE Award groups as a volunteer.