Ann Finlayson, Executive Chair
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.
Rachael Hill, SEEd Administrator
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 lives in Stroud and is currently trying to make the switch to a zero-waste lifestyle, she also runs the sustainability blog: Little Earth, and in her free time enjoys long walks, rock climbing, and gardening.
Anthony Thomas, SEEd Treasurer
Anthony has worked for 37 years in the field of learning outside the classroom with the last 25 years as the Chief Executive of the Field Studies Council. He actively supported the gathering and dissemination of research on learning outside the classroom (LOtC) and has been involved in lobbying for the place of LOtC in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Anthony recognises the importance of ensuring a varied entitlement of LOtC experiences for ALL children and students throughout their formal education.
Cherish set up in business as a young eco consultant (Cherish Watton Enterprises) which has seen her work in close collaboration with organisations to run and evaluate a number of environmental programmes with young people. Cherish is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to set up their own business in the niche of the Green Economy. Cherish is currently studying History at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
David recently retired from the role of Headteacher which he held for 20 years. During his time, he implemented sustainability as a holistic approach to school improvement and community enrichment. He obtained a doctorate in 2009 which developed a model of leadership for sustainability and has since been refining this concept through various projects.
Debs is Director of Development at Woodcraft Folk and is an experienced fundraiser with knowledge of youth empowerment and safeguarding. She has a passion for supporting young people to take action on the things that are important to them, including protecting the planet’s resources for the enjoyment of all.
Harry is Trusts and Foundations Executive at the Royal Horticultural Society, and has several years’ experience engaging supporters, raising funds, contributing to fundraising strategies and developing projects for charities whose focus is environmental education. His previous work in conservation and green business have made him a passionate advocate for a sustainable world.
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.
A passionate advocate of sustainability and environmental education, these principles are core to Neil’s approach to education and leadership. He holds a degree in Biology and an MSc in Education for Sustainability and, after an early career in environmental education, is now a Prep School Headteacher. Neil lead an initiative for his Schools’ Association (IAPS) on sustainability and social responsibility and is a member on the Sustainable Schools Alliance.
Serina is an Economic Adviser at Defra, and has been involved in environment and sustainability policy and issues for the past 8 years. She was previously a partner in a financial services business and is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Serina uses her public sector experience and financial background to support SEEd in developing wider awareness of sustainability and environmental issues.
For 30+ years Stan worked in secondary education and leadership, in a variety of roles, culminating in Headship of a secondary school. He has also been a school Governor, advisor, author (“The Green School” for Adamson books) and trainer. Stan worked with Heads, Teachers and Industry (HTI) and was a member of the NCSL sustainability group, and the Eco-Schools Advisory Board.
George is Chairman of the Charity Committee at City of London school which involves fundraising and running events across the school. Aged 12, he raised £10,000 for WaterAid – the charity which first sparked his interest in the Sustainable Development Goals. He was given a place at the UN Youth Assembly in New York, where the SDGs were thoroughly discussed, and received an ‘Outstanding Delegate Award‘.