At the Green Team we are passionate about supporting young people to find their place in nature. Spending time outdoors as a child or young person produces a life-long love of nature and the natural environment. We believe every child has a right to these positive outdoor experiences and we run programmes of activities which help them do so.

For some it’s the opportunity to take part in an environmental volunteering project, making practical improvements to local parks and woodlands. Or just enjoying spending time outside engaging in nature, having fun floating mini rafts down a river.

For others, it is the opportunity to use nature for personal development: building resilience, confidence and relationships, exploring risk, undertaking learning and developing new skills.

And for everyone it’s the opportunity to spend time with others outdoors, feeling a sense of satisfaction and achievement, making new friends and enjoying the peace and calm of greenspaces.

We are proud that our programmes support both environmental and personal development goals. As a small charity, we couldn’t do it without the help of some amazing volunteers, partners organisations, funders and fundraisers. Their efforts make a huge difference to the young people we work with. Young people like Anna:

I surprised myself by doing a lot more than I thought I could. I had a great time taking part in all the activities and meeting new people.

We are a registered charity working in and around Edinburgh. If you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.

The People behind The Green Team

The Team

Penny Radway
Penny RadwayCEO
Jamie Leitch
Jamie LeitchBusiness Development Manager
Jo Walton
Jo Walton Admin and Communications Officer
Mandy Craig
Mandy CraigVolunteer Co-ordinator
Kate Hedges
Kate HedgesThrive Programme Co-ordinator
Kate Wilkinson
Kate WilkinsonGreen Shoots Project Co-ordinator
Margon Van Tuyl
Margon Van Tuyl Education Officer
David Hughes
David HughesGreen Volunteers Co-ordinator
Sarah Waterfield
Sarah Waterfield Green Angels and Green Explorers Co-ordinator

The Youth Panel

The Youth Panel operates as an advisory group to the Board of Directors. It comprises a variety of young people of different ages who have been involved in our programmes. The Youth Panel provides feedback, ideas and opinions and provides the Board with the views of young people.

Our Patron

In February 2009 the Green Team Board appointed the first Green Team Patron, Peter Wright.

Peter began his career in Youth Work and Community Education going on to become the Manager of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 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 Edinburgh’s 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.

The Board

Lorna Street, Chair
Lorna is a research scientist specialising in ecosystems and ecology. She is based at Heriot-Watt University, and is working on a project that aims to understand how Arctic ecosytems will respond to climate change. Lorna has been a volunteer leader with the Green Team since 2003.

Janet Forbes, Treasurer
Janet has a strong accountancy background having worked in the industry for nearly 20 years.  Janet has been the Green Team Treasurer since 2017.

Andy Ruck, Minutes Secretary
Andy Ruck has a Postgraduate Diploma in Outdoor Environmental and Sustainability Education, and experience of outdoor leadership in a wide variety of contexts. He has worked as an overseas expedition leader, climbing instructor, and on employability programmes with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV). Over the past three years, he has also been a very active volunteer leader with the Green Team, both on the Green Volunteers and Green Shoots programmes.

Lisa Talbot
Lisa brings over 10 years fundraising experience in the environmental sector to the Board. She began working with young people in outdoor education in 2000 and joined the Green Team as a volunteer leader in 2013 before joining the Board in 2019.

Gavin Crosby
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 the City of Edinburgh Council in Community Learning and Development. 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.

Zoe Langford
Zoe began leading conservation projects while she was at university, and has continued to work in related fields ever since. She originally joined the Green Team as a volunteer in 2013 then was the Green Volunteers Project Co-ordinator in 2013-14 and ran a pilot project in 2014-15. After this she became a Board Member. Zoe now works as a Co-Worker at a Camphill Community in Edinburgh, where she supports adults with learning disabilities and autism to participate in wood working and conservation projects.

Julie Ellam
Julie is a marketing consultant who runs her own business and has been involved in running DofE Award groups as a volunteer.

Our Funders

We are only able to run our programmes because of the financial support that we have received and continue to receive from funders and donors – our thanks goes out to them all.

Should you wish to find out more about funding the Green Team, our funders or our fundraising policy then please contact our Business Development Manager, Jamie:


The Green Team takes its responsibilities around funding very seriously. We take reasonable and proportionate measures to ensure the work or activities of any funder has no clear and significant negative impact upon the vision, mission and values of the Green Team. 

While we are grateful for all funding that we are offered, acceptance of funding does not imply an endorsement of the work or activities of a funder.