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.
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.
Nick Underdown is one of two marine policy officers supporting LINK’s marine Group. Nick has broad experience in environmental advocacy, media and public engagement work. An honours law graduate with an MA in international journalism, Nick developed his interest in environmental issues writing for Ethical Corporation Magazine before becoming chief reporter for a local newspaper on the west coast of Scotland. He has worked in a public engagement role for the Clyde River Foundation (a Scottish fishery trust), and been involved in community-level campaigning for the Community of Arran Seabed Trust on local marine conservation issues. His LINK role specialises in engagement and public relations, helping the members of LINK’s marine Group to communicate and develop shared policy on marine spatial planning issues and Scotland’s nature conservation strategy, in particular the development of an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas. He manages the www.savescottishseas.org website and curates @SaveScotsSeas
Phoebe Cochrane is the LINK Sustainable Economics Policy Officer and and works with the Economics Group on the Flourishing Scotland Project. She has previously 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.
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