In February 2009 the Green Team Board appointed the
first Green Team patron, Peter Wright.
his career in Youth Work and Community Education going on to become the Manager
of the Duke of Edinburghs Award Unit in the City of Edinburgh from 1989-2007.
He co-founded Youth in Trust - now the National Trust for Scotland Conservation
Volunteers, and Thistle Camps. Peter set up the Green Team in 1995 to offer an
environmental opportunity to those taking part in the Duke of Edinburghs
Award. He also helped to establish the John Muir Award. He is currently Convenor
and Treasurer of the History of Education Centre in Edinburgh. In 2005 Peter was
awarded an MBE for services to the community.
Gavin has a background in informal education. He has worked with
young people in schools, youth work settings and through the Duke of Edinburgh's
Award. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Community Education and currently
works at Enquire, the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning.
Gavin has volunteered with the Green Team over a number of years and became chair
in 2007. Gavin brings knowledge of youth, education and additional support needs
policy to the board as well as experience in delivering services to challenging
young people. Gavin sits on the Health & Safety and Development sub-committees.
David Wyllie, Company Secretary. BSC (Hons) Edinburgh; MS Iowa State: PhD Cantab
Dip Ed Tech Dundee.
From 1974 - 1978 David worked as Senior Lecturer at the
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in Agriculture and Rural Development. In
1978 - 1980 he became Head of the British Development Project based at the University
of Yucatan, Mexico. From 1980 - 2004 he was a lecturer at Edinburgh University
and the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh. This covered teaching, research
and course development in Agriculture, Rural Resource Management and Communications.
He also spent considerable periods as a consultant, mostly in Eastern Europe,
Russia and the Ukraine working in projects related to training, education and
extension. David has been an Emeritus Fellow of SAC since 2004.
Fiona Longstaff, minutes secretary
Fionas working life was largely in
university administration and her last post before retiring was as Academic Registrar
for the University of Edinburgh. She is the mother of a Green Team participant.
Fiona is a member of the Personnel sub-committee.
Graduating with a degree in Ecology and plan to enter teaching,
Samantha Robertson, found temporary work in the financial industry and, with a
short career break to run a summer hostel for the SYHA, has remained there since.
To merge her love of the outdoors, and the enjoyment of watching young people
develop, Samantha runs the North Edinburgh D of E group. Within her new role of
treasurer she aims to ensure that there will be sufficient funds to underpin the
valuable work undertaken by the Green Team.
Nick Forrest is an environmental consultant specialising in renewable
energy. He recently completed a survey of Scotland's hydropower potential for
the Scottish Government using a GIS model of his own design. Nick has also been
a regular leader on Green Team projects over the last 5 years.
Don Williamson is Chief Executive of Shared Care Scotland a
national charity supporting carers and care recipients. Prior to this he spent
two years as Programme Director in Edinburgh for the international leadership
organisation Common Purpose, and before this was eight years with The Duke of
Edinburgh's Award as Assistant then Deputy Director for Scotland. Don is also
a member of the Visiting Committee for Polmont Young Offenders Institution.
Margon van Tuyl
I am Margon and have been involved with the Green Team since
2000. I am a volunteer leader, leading groups of young people to some lovely places
in Edinburgh and the Lothians. I have been part of the Committee and then the
Board for most of this time, in various posts as secretary, treasurer and board
member. I am passionate about the outdoors and enjoy getting stuck in with the
conservation tasks. It is great to see young people enjoying themselves in the
outdoors and I hope that they remember the conservation projects and environmental
games for a long time. Being on the Board also means that I am involved with strategic
planning and decision making of the Green Team. I love being part of the Green
Team and I have visited some amazing places with them.
| Green Volunteers |
Green Shoots |
Green Champions | Volunteer
Leaders | About
GT Blog | Green
Shoots News | Contact Us
Green Team (Edinburgh & Lothians) Ltd is a charity registered in Scotland