Jen manages LINK’s day-to-day operations in line with members’ aims and objectives, keeping an overview of network activity, and supporting coordination of policy work and development priorities of the network. She leads the staff team and as supports the Board in her capacity as company secretary. She is based in our headquarters in Perth.
Alice is responsible for core fundraising and reporting to funders. She supports LINK’s information provision and network functions generally, including organisation of LINK’s annual members’ Congress. Alice is based in our Perth office.
Daphne’s role is to support all parts of LINK in our work advocating the policies and ideas we develop. She is based in our Edinburgh office, alongside colleague Lisa Webb. Daphne has a degree in History and Politics from the University of York, and an MSc in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For the last five years and more, Daphne has worked with a PR and communications agency in Brussels, and prior to that she interned at the European Environment Commissioner’s office. Her LINK role includes assisting the LINK Board to shape its strategy, providing support on advocacy matters to members and LINK groups; and involvement in direct advocacy work across the Scottish policy community.
Karen’s role is to manage the financial administration of the organisation including all records and processing, managing LINK’s offices and systems and support other staff in relation to these. Karen also has responsibility to manage LINK’s IT environment and to assist with the administration of LINK projects.
Lisa is the administrator in LINK’s Advocacy Office in Edinburgh. She has worked in the Scottish environment sector for a number of years including eight years with RSPB Scotland. At LINK, Lisa prepares the weekly Advocacy Monitoring Report, co-ordinates advocacy events, deals with enquiries and provides general admin support to the Advocacy Officer and other colleagues.
Emilie is the Marine Policy and Engagement Officer, one of two roles supporting the work of the LINK Marine Group. Emilie is a MSc graduate in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh (with a BA (Hons) in History and Spanish). Since graduating, Emilie has co-ordinated environmental campaigns for voluntary organisations around the UK, holding public engagement roles with Surfers Against Sewage, WWF Scotland and the Marine Conservation Society. Emilie’s LINK role is to develop and co-ordinate effective advocacy for the Marine Group and, when needed, campaign action to encourage and support progressive management of MPAs and ecosystem-based marine planning. As part of the role, Emilie engages with decision-makers on behalf of the Marine Group, at national and regional levels, raising marine conservation awareness among key communities, to ensure that implementation of Scottish and UK legislation leads to the protection and recovery of the health of Scotland’s marine ecosystem.
Phoebe Cochrane is LINK’s Climate Coordinator, a part-time (one day per week), fixed-term role coordinating development of LINK’s policy positioning and input in the lead-up to the Climate Bill consultation and parliamentary process. Through liaison with LINK policy groups and subgroups, internal events, assisting the development of positions, their submission and onward communications; and involving liaison with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) and other stakeholders. Phoebe was previously our Sustainable Economics Policy Officer working with the Economics Group on the Flourishing Scotland Project. Prior to joining LINK Phoebe worked for the Crofting Inquiry, Just World Partners and The Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe. She has an MSc in Ecological Economics and a PhD examining the social benefits of community involvement in forestry.
Esther Brooker is the Marine Policy Officer, one of two roles supporting the work of the LINK Marine Group. Esther is an MSc graduate in Marine Environmental Protection (with a BSc with honours in Marine Biology). She has worked for the Environment Agency on implementation of the Water Framework Directive and as a nutrition analyst of commercial aquaculture samples at the University of Stirling. In between these roles, Esther lived in South Africa, working with the Community Outreach Programme Trust, which focuses on providing opportunities to improve quality of life for people in underprivileged communities. She is also a keen SCUBA diver and takes every opportunity for enjoying the marine environment. Esther’s LINK role is to provide technical and scientific support to the Marine Group; she helps to coordinate the development and delivery of joint policy on marine environmental issues and evidence-based advocacy for an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas in Scottish seas and an effective National Marine Plan.
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