Ann Finlayson, Executive Director
Ann has worked in the environmental and education field for over 30 years. After a stint as a countryside ranger in Scotland, she began travelling the world teaching, facilitating and consulting in places such as Papua New Guinea, Australia and Canada.
She was Head of Education/Social Change at WWF-UK and the Commissioner for Education and Capability Building for the Sustainable Development Commission (2005-2010).
Ann took on the job of revamping CEE, now SEEd in 2008 and has enjoyed seeing it grow back to national significance as well as sharing her expertise. She is passionate about the role of learning in sustainability and for it to be about real people, real opportunities and real responsibilities.
Isa Clee, SEEd Project Coordinator
Isa grew up in Stroud making mud pies and daisy chains. She has been quietly taking a stance for the environment since she became a vegetarian at 11, quite a radical move at the time. She was already adopting the principle of trying to live lightly on the planet.
As an adult she moved to London to develop work in Theatre in Education with both Primary and Secondary school aged children. She toured the country in a series of issue-based productions involving performances and action led workshops.
Since moving back to Stroud to bring up her children, Isa has trained as a designer and has run a successful graphics business. At the same time she has become increasingly involved in campaigning on and supporting local green issues. Most recently she had the privilege of heading up the team organising the Stroud Earth Strike. She helped to enlist adults and local businesses in support of the courageous children campaigning for positive action on climate change.
Isa sees the work of SEEd as essential to embedding environmental and sustainability practice into the global education system.
Rachael Hill, SEEd Newsletter Editor
Rachael is a Youth Worker, Writer, and Sustainability Enthusiast from Stroud. Coming from a background in sustainability admin, youth engagement and play work; better outcomes for the future for everyone are close to her heart and she would like to see tools for achieving this shared far and wide.
Rachael studies Creative Writing at University, and is keen to find a way to marry creativity through text with youth voice and sustainability practice.
In her free time Rachael enjoys long walks, rock climbing, and gardening.
Cathy d’Abreu – SEEd Chair
Cathy is a lecturer in Global Issues and Culture and Communication at Oxford Brookes University. She has been working in education for over 30 years in the UK and Spain.
She is passionate about sustainability education and is presently leading the Future Pathways Education for Sustainable Development ESD Project, and working on embedding sustainability teaching and learning across the curriculum. She is interested in the theory of change and transformative learning, and how we can reframe cultural narratives for a fairer, fitter future for everyone.
A previous participant on the SEEd Changemakers course, Cathy was delighted to become part of the SEEd family, initially as part of their hard-working board. She has now taken up the role of Chair and is honoured to be part of guiding, supporting and promoting SEEds invaluable work on making change happen.
James Hollway, SEEd Treasurer
James has been a partner in a firm of independent financial adviser for 25 years, educating people to make better financial decisions, and is interested in transferring this skill to SEEd by changing the word ‘financial’ to ‘environmental.’ James is keen to help create new relationships between SEEd and local business. Since becoming a grandfather, and being frightened and saddened by the predictions in the 2018 IPCC report, he has become increasingly more engaged with environmental issues and has been actively supporting Extinction Rebellion’s call for government to tell the truth and act accordingly. James is keen to spend time planting trees, protesting, and helping disseminate positive initiatives.
Jane is former magazine journalist turned TV executive. Experience includes TV Production, International Distribution, Broadcasting and M&A. Now at Sky, she has established a production portfolio, and distribution division, Sky Vision, growing the business by 2000% over six years, restructuring Sky Vision, and joining Sky’s new production initiative, Sky Studios, as Chief Commercial Officer. Jane is a Board member of UK TV Production companies: Love Productions, Blast Films, True North, Sugar Films, Avanti Media; and of US TV Production companies: Jupiter Entertainment, Znak & Co, Talos Films. She is also a Board member of Edinburgh TV Festival Council and Edinburgh International Television Festival Ltd, a Trustee of Royal Television Society, BAFTA member and film voter, member of International Academy of Arts and Sciences (Emmys), and Co-owner of Darbyshire Limited, fine art framing and art fabrication business. Jane lives in Stroud with husband Paul, teenage sons Billy and Joe, Seamus the dog, and six sheep. She is an avid scuba diver, enthusiastic mixologist and terrible surfer, with unbridled passion for all three!
With 30 years of experience in journalism and business, Jane is keen to put her skills and expertise to use in a not-for-profit organisation – to give back. She is interested in environmentalism, and finds the fusion of environmentalism in education particularly compelling. She wholeheartedly supports the holistic, whole school, approach of SEEd.
Ana Romero is the Head of Sustainability in Wellington College, where she also coordinates the area of Global Education and she is a tutor for 3rd Form students. Ana has worked as an advisor to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the subject of climate change and she has attended the Conference of the Parties (COP25)- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),contributing to the negotiations on the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (CPPB) and Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE).
Before joining Wellington College, Ana has worked for many years as an advisor to local governments in Latin America, as well as an environmental expert for international NGOs in the field of environment, climate change and global citizenship. Most recently, she led the UK-PACT sponsored research project “Support the Mexican Federal Government transition to continue the implementation of the Paris Agreement” for Fundación Pensar. Ana has a great interest in supporting local and global environmental initiatives that aim to improvethe environment; she is an active member at the Crowthorne Reduce our Waste (CROW), a local organisation that aims to reduce the use of plastic, as well as at the Worldwide Environmental Education (WEE) that focuses on Environmental Education and Sustainable Development worldwide.
Ana is originally from Mexico and she has lived abroad formore than 20 years. She holds a B.A. degree in International Politics from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and a M.Sc. degree in International Environmental Sciences from Lund University, Sweden. She enjoys baking, vegan cuisine and trail running.
Liz has been involved with sustainability and education for around 15 years – working with Ann at the Sustainable Development Commission to develop national carbon emission reduction strategies; supporting more than 50 local authorities in engaging schools with energy saving; developing online toolkits for carbon footprinting and opening up energy data; and running workshops to support whole school approaches to environmental issues and challenges. She brings a wide-ranging understanding of environmental sustainability, from policy to practical delivery.
Liz is also a published writer of fiction and comics for readers of all ages. Young people are leading the demands for action on climate change; she believes they deserve our support in helping them develop stories and narratives for a hopeful and positive future.
Doug is an environmentalist and educator and a lifelong protagonist of learning for the environment and sustainability. Following 30-years as a director with the Wildlife Trusts and at the Wildfowl and Wetlands, Doug became an independent advisor to the heritage and environmental sectors in 2006. He was a Baord member for English Nature and its successor, Natural England, served as a Trustee for the Heritage Lottery Fund, led the Public Engagement Group for DEFRA, and now currently Chairs the National Trust SW Regional Advisory Board and is a newly elected member of the NT Council, he took over as Chair of the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership in August 2018, and was, until recently, Chair of the Jurassic Coast Trust and the Earth Trust. Now completing an eco house project near Stroud, for the last two years he has been revisiting his radical roots in the ecological movement and exploring the mechanics of systemic change.
Margaret leads a small educational consultancy with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development and Science Education. ‘MF Associates’. Currently she is a partner in the CODES project https://comenius-codes.eu/, leading on one of the work packages, that of delivering teacher education for the network. As a partner in CODES and other projects she has worked with the official ESD contacts for most EU countries. Margaret is also a member of the Sustainable Schools Alliance representing the Association for Science Education and the RCE-EM.
Dr Katy Wheeler is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. She is currently undertaking a research project about Education for Sustainable Development. She has looked at a range of educational resources developed by various NGO’s and private organisations to learn how young people are mobilised as citizen-consumers through these resources. Her previous research has explored sustainable/ethical consumption in different countries. She has published numerous articles and two books ‘Fair Trade and the Citizen-Consumer: Shopping for Justice’ (Palgrave, 2012) and ‘Household Recycling and Consumption Work: Social and Moral Economies’ (Palgrave, 2015, with Miriam Glucksmann). She is delighted to join the team at SEEd and looks forward to finding ways to co-produce and disseminate research about ESD, as well as to support the work that they do.
Morgan is an Account Manager at HM Revenue and Customs, and has been involved with SEEd in different roles since 2010. She joined the Civil Service in 2014 and has since worked across seven different Government departments, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Serious Fraud Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Home Office, and the Department for International Trade. She was previously a private research consultant to the Haslemere Town Councillor (focusing on sustainable transport solutions), and was also seconded to a female offenders’ charity to design and launch a new organization-wide monitoring and evaluation strategy. Morgan provides public sector experience, monitoring and evaluation knowledge and a commercial background to support SEEd in improving and measuring its outreach and impact.
We welcome youth ambassadors to join us at SEEd. If you, or a young person you know, might be interested please email email@example.com for some more information on the role and how to apply.
Beth Goodman, SEEd Youth Advocate
Beth is a recent Biology graduate from York University with a keen interest in conservation. She has worked for several environmental organisations including The National Trust, Essex Wildlife Trust, and The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. She is working to support SEEd’s progress to improve current sustainability education.