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Our Trustees

Richard Dixon

Richard Dixon

Richard has a BSc and PhD in Astrophysics, and an MSc in Energy Systems and Environment Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Before joining Friends of the Earth Scotland, he led WWF Scotland for 7 years, working on energy, climate, transport and consumption issues. Prior to this he worked for Community Service Volunteers and Strathclyde Regional Council, and was previously Head of Research at Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Omolara Plang

Omolara is the Managing Partner of TruPact, a consulting firm focused on Social Impact Assessment. Prior to starting TruPact, Omolara was involved in the implementation and evaluation of projects and policies in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. She has helped organizations develop contextual strategies for evaluating and managing both long-term and short-term impacts.

Omolara is passionate about bottom-up impact evaluation and management. She has worked with a number of organizations within the commercial and development sectors to develop strategies for effectively identifying and sustaining their contributions to broader positive social value.

Rob Stoneman

Rob started his conservation career reconstructing climate change over the last few thousand years from records contained within peat bogs. After completing his PhD – and horrified by the destruction of precious peatland systems – he worked for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, running a European LIFE project to develop a conservation strategy for Scotland’s lowland raised bogs. After this, Rob worked in a variety of senior positions within the British Wildlife Trusts, as Chief Executives of Sheffield and Hampshire Wildlife Trusts, a stint as Director of Conservation with the Royal Society for Nature Conservation and latterly 13 years as Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Rob’s 26-year career with The Wildlife Trusts spanned all conservation disciplines – marine, river, upland, grassland, heathland, woodland and urban wildlife conservation. He has always maintained a deep interest in peatland conservation, travelling the globe to research and advocate for peatland restoration. In 2009 Rob set up the IUCN-UK Peatland Programme, which has spearheaded the restoration of Britain’s peatlands.

Rob has travelled extensively and loves to watch birds, go walking and cycling in wild countryside, and meet different people. He holds a passionate belief that a wilder Europe would allow us to resolve some of our most pressing issues – from climate change to ecosystem collapse – and create a new prosperity for a rapidly changing continent. Rob started at Rewilding Europe on May 1, 2019 with huge enthusiasm to scale up rewilding in northern and central Europe.

Ross Miller

Ross Miller

Ross is the Director of Fundraising and Communications at Missing People and has responsibility for Missing People's income and awareness across a wide range of fundraising activities. Celebrating 10 years at Missing People, Ross leads a hugely successful team whose awards include: Grand Prix, non-FTSE 100 companies at CorpComms Awards alongside finalist nominations for Best Annual Review and Use of Digital at ThirdSector Awards. Ross is a member of the FRSB Advisory Board for small-medium charities.

Chupa Phiri

Chupa is a fundraising strategist and trainer with 22 years of experience including funders in the UK, mainland Europe and Africa. She has worked across a diverse range of causes including community development, housing and homelessness, disabilities, human rights, gender issues, global health, youth and international development.

Chupa is currently a Consultant Grant Assessor at The Fore and Steering Committee member for the Baobab Foundation (an emergent, membership-led UK Racial Justice Foundation). Chupa set up Oko Consultancy as a social enterprise with all profits going to The Twikatane Community Foundation in Zambia, a Foundation founded by Chupa to inspire local philanthropy and support community-based organisations achieve their goals, missions and visions through funding and training.

Sanjay Singh

Sanjay has 20 years’ experience in business development from banking, combined with his charitable sector career, providing him with expertise in how to manage high-value funding portfolios with social purpose, both in the UK and internationally.  Sanjay has specialist knowledge in international development, human rights, food insecurity, partnerships, collaborations and governance. He has worked with some of the most prominent charities in the UK, many of whom are funded by the Trusts.

He is Head of Funding Programmes at Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation (NHS Lothian official charity), responsible for the strategy, management and distribution of a multi-million-pound funding programme. Sanjay is a Trustee of the Greggs Foundation, where he also sits on the Grant Making sub-committee. He has also served as an advisory council member of both UNICEF and WWF in Scotland.