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.
Anna Portch, SEEd Project Manager
Anna has worked in environmental and sustainability education for 20 years. She has worked in a wide range of organisations, from NGO’s to residential centres and local Authorities, working with schools, with both pupils and teachers, as well as the general public and in community settings.
Previously she was Coordinator for Eco-Schools England and before that Coordinator of LEEF (London Environmental Educators Forum), where she developed and delivered a wide range of training sessions. Currently Anna also works as a Social Sustainability Consultant, managing a range of projects including Sunnyside Community Gardens.
Anna has developed and delivered a number of innovative environmental education projects. She created the Empty Classroom Day to celebrate outdoor learning and play. Anna ran the day for four years and developed in into a global programme. It is now knows as; ‘Outdoor Classroom Day,’ and run by Project Dirt and Unilever, and over 1 million children took part on the last day;
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 works for her Local Authority Council as a Youth Worker, engaging with young people across the District to enable and promote youth voice through Local Youth Forum Groups and the District Youth Council.
In her free time Rachael 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.
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.