Our People

REAP Board

As an independent charity, REAP’s direction and development is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees, with a wealth of experience in sustainability, capacity building, rural development, rural poverty and social enterprise. REAP is also a company limited by guarantee and the trustees are also the company’s directors.

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Lynn Geddes comes from a Youth and Community Development background with over 10 years experience in Community Schools and rural development. Lynn has always had a keen interested in young people and the potential they have in shaping our world. She became involved in the addiction field as a result of this interest and became a volunteer counsellor and later, volunteer supervisor and Director of Moray Council on Addiction. Lynn is also on the Board of the Loft Youth Project in Keith. She is an accredited counsellor and trainer and an international facilitator. Lynn is a spiritual person and teaches heartfulness and yoga, as well as making them part of her daily life.

 

Steve MacBeath is a retired teacher and a weel kent face in Keith. He supports a number of local organisations including Keith & District Men’s Shed, Longmore Hall Steering Group, and Keith Community Radio. He is a keen gardener and an active member of Keith Allotment Group, generously sharing his gardening knowledge and organisational skills, as well as the occasional surplus plant. He is also an excellent baker and his homemade bread is legendary!

 

Jonny Barton is a qualified community education worker and worked for a time in the Banff area. He now works self-employed as a gardener and as a tutor of English as a second language in that. He is also a qualified Permaculture tutor and occasionally teaches ecological design. Jonny lives in a strawbale house near Foggie, and is interested in baking the perfect local loaf of bread, growing local food and fuelwood at home. Jonny is very happy to support the positive education and action REAP does.

 

Donna Breen is a qualified youth and community worker who currently works as a health-promoting youth worker with Elgin Youth Development Group. She recently gained a Professional Studies MSc in Public Health at Robert Gordon University and takes a holistic approach to health, seeing huge benefits of REAP’s growing, gardening and environmental action in promoting health & wellbeing community connection and working to create a healthier planet. She is enthusiastic about all aspects of REAP’s work and its impressive track record on energy-saving expertise and the significant impact this makes locally in helping promote sustainability. When not working she enjoys vegetable growing and all things outdoors especially coastal running if it ends up with a dip in the sea!

 

REAP Staff

Dorothy Allan is a Community Gardener at Maryhill Therapeutic Garden in Elgin. From Elgin, she loves growing fruit and veg organically, with as little impact on the environment as possible. She has a diploma in Ecology and Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Certificate in The Principles of Horticulture. She has been on a Permaculture course, a Crofting Connections course and has gained her Introduction to Bushcraft certificate. She is a member of the Permaculture Association, The Herb Society and The Elgin Allotment Association, serving as a volunteer there since 2008. She is also a volunteer Seed Guardian, growing rare varieties of vegetables to save seed to send back to the seed bank. Through REAP she has passed on her enthusiasm in gardening with lots of new growers through the courses and activities the project offers. Her hobbies include gardening, cycling, photography, knitting and dressmaking. You can contact her on dorothy@reapscotland.org.uk

 

Tracey Leith is REAP’s Administration Assistant and Community Renewables Officer. She supports all of REAP’s many projects, directing enquiries, providing administration support and administers both the Hill of Towie and Edintore Community Wind Farm Funds. She is an engineer/contractors wife, mum of two who stays in the countryside. When not at work she is often to be found walking around the country roads with the family dog. You can contact her on tracey@reapscotland.org.uk

 

 

 

Jenni Marchant, originally from Aberdeen and now based in Lossiemouth, is REAP’s Energy Champions Worker.  She joined REAP initially as a volunteer as part of the Grow Elgin project and is passionate about the environment and a more sustainable, affordable approach to living. She has a background in Community Education using the Arts, with qualifications that include a BA in Community Arts from the University of Strathclyde, an HND in Professional Photography & Imaging and a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness.  She is a keen amateur gardener, enjoys running, and can often be found with a knitting or spinning project, and sometimes even a house full of papier-mache. Contact her on jenni@reapscotland.org.uk

 

Tracy Watling is REAP’s Energy Advisor who originally comes from Dumbarton. She has previously worked in a number of different roles such as a Personal Advisor for Home Energy Scotland in Glasgow (where she gained her City & Guilds in Energy Awareness) offering help and support to those in fuel poverty and as a Smart Energy Expert (fitting Gas & Electric Meters) for Scottish Gas. Tracy is passionate about the environment and helping others to reduce their carbon footprint and fuel costs. She also enjoys spending time with family, going to gigs, outdoor pursuits and taking her large dog for long walks. Contact her on tracy.w@reapscotland.org.uk

 

Ania Konarska is REAP’s Project and Finance Administrator. She enjoys taking care of REAP’s financial administration and a variety of other tasks. Ania’s work experience includes events management (MSc in International Events and Festivals Management), project management, community development and fundraising. She used to run her own social enterprise providing outdoors nature art events for families in London and as well as a variety of other London – based projects such as community gardening or therapeutic gardening. Since she’d moved to Moray, Ania’s work focused on providing freelance fundraising services in the charity sector, she also worked as a Project Manager for ‘Moray Leader Ecovillage Development Project’ run by Global Ecovillage Network and Findhorn Bay Care Farm project run by Findhorn Foundation. Ania loves spending time in Nature, foraging, kayaking and hillwalking. Contact her on ania@reapscotland.org.uk

 

Karen Higginbottom is a Therapeutic Garden Worker for REAP’s Therapeutic Garden Project in Elgin, which helps to improve the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of people through gardening. She is a qualified coach and counsellor and used to work as a Facilitator with young people in Highland Schools. In another life, she worked as a journalist for 19 years writing on all aspects of the workplace for the Guardian, Independent and trade publications. She loves working with people and being outdoors so this job is the perfect match. In her spare time, she loves to bake cakes, sing and practise yoga.Contact her on karen@reapscotland.org.uk

 

Georgia Brooker is the Community Gardener at the Maryhill Therapeutic Garden in Elgin, helping people to improve mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing through gardening. She joined REAP in May 2021 to work part-time on the Community Growing team for the ‘You Choose’ School Gardens Project, visiting children and young adults at schools, nurseries, and youth groups to help support the development of their own food-growing spaces. She trained as a Permaculture Teacher in 2021, with the Permaculture Association, as well as completing the Permaculture Design Course in 2020. Her background is broad and mostly bookish, having worked as an English Teacher, Library Communications Coordinator, and Bookseller, and she still loves to relax with a good read. When not busy with REAP work or her young kids, she works as a celebrant for the Humanist Society Scotland. In her spare time, she loves to grow her own food, practice chi gong and tai chi, and occasionally jump in the sea! Georgia is currently on maternity leave.