Steering Group

patPat Abel
South East locality facilitator, Transition Edinburgh
Board member, Nourish Scotland and the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
Member of steering group, Sustainable Edinburgh Food City
Member, Slow Food Edinburgh Committee
Former president, Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club
Pat is interested in strategic planning and health related topics, sustainable growing and healthy food. Contact Pat

ReemReem Al-Kayyem
Web Editor and North East locality facilitator, Transition Edinburgh
Architectural designer and sustainable design specialist
Reem is interested in sustainable buildings and public spaces design, planning and place making. Contact Reem


KathKatharina Bouchaar
North East locality facilitator, Transition Edinburgh
Waste and sustainable energy specialist
Sustainability Consultant, ESC Euro-Mediterranean Sustainability Consulting
Katharina is passionate about renewable energy, sustainable transport,  climate change, circular economy, waste management, and organic food. Contact Katharina

johannaJohanna Carrie
As lead activist in Fairmilehead Energy Hub, Johanna has focussed mainly on energy issues. 
One of the founder board members of the Edinburgh Community Solar Cooperative
Former board member, Harlaw Hydro
Johanna has been interested in sustainability since the 1970s and a supporter of various environmental organisations including Friends of the Earth, WWF, RSPB and the Marine Conservation Society. Contact Johanna

Ainsley Francis

Web Designer, Transition Edinburgh.

Rona Hardie 

Newsletter Editor, Transition Edinburgh

Lynn Jamieson

Professor of Sociology at The University of Edinburgh. A longstanding researcher of children and families, Lynn is a key member of Transition Edinburgh South. As well as being a full-time academic, she is deeply involved in campaigns about nuclear energy and nuclear weapons.

Lee McNeish

Researcher, The University of Edinburgh. Lee is a PhD candidate at Edinburgh University who has undertaken research on Transition Black Isle and ourselves. He provides us with a link to the Social Anthropology world. 

Mary O’DriscollTE pic

Social Media and Website Content Coordinator, Transition Edinburgh. 

Mary is interested in intersectionality within the climate movement, a Just Transition to renewables, and sustainability. 

david1David Somervell
Convener, Transition Edinburgh.
ECCI Associate.
Director, Community Energy Scotland
University Sustainability Adviser in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, University of Edinburgh
Former Energy Manager at the University of Edinburgh
David’s main interests are Low Carbon technology, community energy and district heating.
Contact David

 Liz Wignall

Our Treasurer plays a quiet backroom role accounting for our slender resources.

Mike Wignallmike-e1527556049678.jpg
Steering Group Member with lead interest in Circular Economy and resource management.
Recently returned to live in Edinburgh from New Zealand and very interested in storytelling as a medium for social and environmental change.
Mike worked for the NZ central government on educational and environmental projects with extensive involvement of Maori and Pacific Island community organisations. Contact Mike