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.
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!
Cathy Francis is proud to be a member of REAP’s board – she feels it’s giving back some of the dedicated, environmentally compassionate support I enjoyed from REAP whilst working for nearly 20 years in Keith as a primary school teacher. Now lecturing in the School of Education in Aberdeen Cathy can indulge her fascination for learning and teaching situated in the great outdoors and spread the word of Learning for Sustainability to new teachers across the country. Inspired by Patrick Geddes, Cathy is living and acting locally, yet thinking globally. She is continually inspired by the diversity of projects REAP takes on and is blown away by the friendship and sense of community which permeates them all.
Ann Davidson is REAP’s manager and specialises in environmental work, community development, fundraising and volunteer management. Ann has delivered community consultation for clients including NHS Grampian and the Scottish Government. In her work at REAP, Ann has also developed and managed food access projects, environmental workshops, waste projects, green spaces projects with schools and carbon footprinting and reduction projects. She loves the variety at REAP, from writing reports about REAP’s great work, managing staff to sowing seeds with schoolchildren. Ann’s interests include organic gardening, hillwalking, yoga and cycling her electric bike to work. Ann’s qualifications include a degree with distinction in Environment and Heritage Studies, PP1 in Youth Work and a BTCV Leadership Skills qualification. Contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Dorothy Allan is a Project Worker for REAP’s Grow Elgin project. 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 email@example.com
Tracey Leith is REAP’s Administration Assistant, based mainly in the Keith office. She supports all of REAP’s many projects, directing enquiries, providing administration support, designing promotional items and generally help keep everything running smoothly. She is a farmer’s wife, mum of 2 and keen baker, and the rest of REAP staff are delighted to benefit from her baking skills at meetings. When not at work she is often to be found fundraising for Crossroads Primary Parent Council and is a cunning quiz composer. You can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Barney Thompson is a Project Worker for REAP’s Grow Elgin Project. His qualifications include an MSc in Sustainable Environmental Management, a Permaculture Design Certificate and a City & Guilds in Energy Awareness and his work experience includes time in education, community development and with The Conservation Volunteers and The Permaculture Association. When not having fun spreading the joy of growing food with folks of all ages across Moray, he is also a private tutor and gardener. He lives near Forres and in his spare time can be found drumming, dancing, studying personal development and healing and spending time in the great outdoors. Contact him on email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Ania Konarska is REAP’s Project Administrator and Data Collection and Low Carbon Living Researcher and Project Manager of The Maryhill Therapeutic Gardens Project in Elgin. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Cunningham is REAP’s Community Renewables Officer. Karen administers two local community benefit funds. Karen previously worked for a conservation charity providing habitat advice and managing community wildlife projects and continues to work on a freelance basis when not working for REAP. Karen loves spending time with her family in the outdoors, walking her cheeky border terrier, watching wildlife, reading and crocheting. Contact her on email@example.com