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Our Team

Our Board of Directors

Julianne Robertson is Transform Scotland’s Chair
Julianne is Chair of Transform Scotland, and leads the work of our Board of Directors. Julianne work as the Communications Manager for Xplore Dundee. She is responsible for media and public relations, helping to forge strong local partnerships and managing business reputation. Since joining the company in 2012 Julianne has developed a robust communications strategy for the bus operator, assisting with the rebrand from National Express Dundee to Xplore Dundee, developing internal and digital comms channels, supporting technical innovations such as mobile and contactless ticketing, and publicising the operator’s significant moves towards a low emission fleet. She also represents the company on Dundee’s Living Wage Action Group. Julianne has experience of broadcast and print journalism and was previously a news editor at both of the city’s commercial radio stations. Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Julianne has been a citizen of Dundee for the past 20 years. Her interest in sustainability and environmental matters is reflected in her passion for plants and all things horticultural, and she is an enthusiastic advocate for the physical and mental health benefits of gardening and being outdoors in nature.
Cllr Anna Richardson is the Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction at Glasgow City Council, and is Transform Scotland’s Vice-Chair
Anna is a Glasgow City Councillor representing Langside Ward. Anna graduated with an MA (Hons) in Geography in 2001 from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in Human Resource Management in 2005 from the University of Strathclyde. She worked in various public sector administrative roles before spending 9 years at home raising her three children. During that time she gained an HND in Antenatal Education and worked part-time for the national parenting charity NCT. Anna was elected as Councillor for Langside Ward in Glasgow in 2015, and again in 2017. She is currently Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, with a particular interest in transport, equalities and leading the city’s response to the climate emergency.
Mike Robinson is the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS), and is Transform Scotland’s Company Secretary
Mike is the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) based in Perth, a role he has held since 2008. He has worked in the Scottish charity and environment sector for the last 25 years, initially with RSPB as Head of Marketing, and later with the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh as Director of Development. In a voluntary capacity, Mike has held more than forty board/advisory roles, mostly for environment and human rights bodies, including as Founder and Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS). He also sits on the advisory groups for Air Passenger Duty & ScotRail, and the board of Transform Scotland. He is a member of the Arctic Strategy Forum & Perth City Development Board and is heavily involved in promoting climate change solutions. He recently became Co-chair of the independent inquiry on Farming for 1.5 Degrees. Mike holds two Honorary Fellowships (Scottish Environment Link and Royal Canadian Geographical Society) and several awards for his services to the environment.
BOARD 01-12-031 Stuart Hay is Head of Living Streets Scotland and is Transform Scotland’s Treasurer
Stuart Hay is the Scottish Director of the national walking charity Living Streets. He has worked in policy and development roles for charities and social enterprises for over 17 years. This includes work with Changeworks, Friends of the Earth Scotland, The Scottish Wildlife Trust and Help the Aged. His work has ranged from policy and influencing to developing new projects and partnership with a wide range of funders. He was a founder member of the Edinburgh Solar Coop that raised £1.4 from a community for a schools renewable project.  At Living Streets he oversees a team delivering a programme of community street audits and a schools walking project which reaches over 200,000 pupils across Scotland. In 2018, he help to produce the second edition of the pedestrian pound on the economic case for investment in walking. As a director at Transform Scotland he provides strategic advice on campaigns, policy and project development. LinkedIn profile
Damien Henderson is Senior Regional Growth Manager at Avanti West Coast
Damien has led the rail franchise’s media and stakeholder engagement in Scotland since 2013 and plays an active role in campaigning for sustainable transport. He has worked with Transform Scotland to highlight the positive role cross-border rail has played in reducing Scotland’s carbon footprint while growing passenger numbers. He recently helped establish the Glasgow Connectivity Commission, which under the chairmanship of Professor David Begg published a radical transport blueprint for Scotland’s largest city region, prioritising healthy modes of travel and public transport as well as investment in people-friendly places. Damien sits on Scottish Chambers of Commerce’s Business Advisory Group and was previously Transport Correspondent for The Herald where he covered all modes of transport. He is passionate about understanding the wider societal role transport should play driving in economic development, inclusivity, decarbonisation, better health and urban planning.  LinkedIn profile
Cllr Lesley Macinnes is the Convenor of the Transport and Environment Committee at The City of Edinburgh Council
Lesley is an SNP Councillor for Liberton and Gilmerton, the Transport & Environment Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, and Deputy Leader of the SNP group on the Council. She is particularly committed to shaping a sustainable, inclusive and healthy transport environment in Edinburgh which equips the city for the future and delivering an attractive environment for all those who live, work and visit Scotland’s beautiful capital city. This commitment reflects Lesley’s role at Transform as part of the Board. Originally from Skye, she grew up in several places in Scotland and as an adult has lived both rurally and in Glasgow and Edinburgh. For almost 15 years she lived and worked around Geneva in Switzerland as part of the senior management team for an international NGO dealing with landmines and cluster munitions. Most of her working life has been in the public sector in communications, inward investment and NGO management.

Our Policy Forum

Paul Tetlaw is a committee member of Capital Rail Action Group and is the Convener of Transform Scotland’s Policy Forum
Paul spent most of his career in environmental management in the water industry and was formerly a General Manager with Scottish Water. He was born in Yorkshire where he started his career in the water industry before moving to Scotland in 1980. He qualified as Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He has had a long-term interest in sustainable transport and its relationship to individuals’ quality of life and the built environment. He is a member of the steering group of Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), who he represents on the Policy Forum of Transform Scotland. Paul also represents Transform Scotland on Transport Scotland’s High-Speed Rail Partnership Group and chaired ScotRail’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel from 2016 to 2019. He is on the Committee of the Scottish Association for Public Transport and was the Chair of Transform Scotland between October 2006 and October 2010. Currently Paul spends most of his time at Transform Scotland focussing on rail issues aiming to influence the agenda for rail expansion within Scotland and on cross-border services. He is particularly proud of the part that Transform Scotland played in helping to ensure that a tram system was delivered in Edinburgh.
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Helen Todd is Campaigns & Policy Manager at Ramblers Scotland
Helen sits on the policy forum at Transform Scotland, but was previously a board member from 2006 to 2016 including spells as vice-chair and acting chair.  Helen has a particular interest in increasing current levels of walking and cycling as forms of transport and for leisure travel.  Helen is currently the Campaigns and Policy Manager at Ramblers Scotland. Before working for Ramblers Scotland Helen was a campaigns researcher for Friends of the Earth Scotland, and has also served as chair of Scottish Environment LINK.
Malcolm Reed
Malcolm Reed was the first Chief Executive of Transport Scotland and was previously Director General of Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive. Since retiring from full-time employment in 2009 he has held a variety of advisory and consultancy roles in the transport sector both north and south of the border, which have included assignments for Virgin Trains, Nexus, and Abellio. His previous career included posts at Glasgow University, the Planning Exchange in Glasgow, Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive, and Strathclyde Regional Council, latterly as assistant chief executive with responsibility for the Council’s infrastructure and protective services. He was appointed a CBE for services to transport in the 2004 new year’s honours. Malcolm maintains his professional interest in transport through fellowships of the CILT, CIHT, and the Institute of Railway Operators, and his strong personal commitment to sustainable transport is reflected in his current role as Vice-President of SAPT. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel of the Railway Heritage Trust and for many years has served on the judging panel of the National Rail Awards.
  Stefan Maurice is an Infrastructure Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland
Stefan is an Infrastructure Coordinator for Sustrans Scotland’s Places for Everyone programme, where he supports communities and local authorities to design and create active travel infrastructure which improves health, wellbeing, and our physical environment. In 2018, Scotland’s Year of Young People, he was awarded a travel scholarship by CSGNT to examine youth engagement with sustainable urban design across the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. With a background in mathematics and a previous career in software development, Stefan was a passionate proponent of sustainable travel before volunteering and retraining to bring his skills to the transport sector. As a member of the Policy Forum, he supports and informs Transform Scotland’s work on strategic transport developments. In his spare time, Stefan enjoys exploring Scotland’s coastal paths. As a musician, Stefan can be heard in Edinburgh-based band, Hamish Hawk and the New Outfit, or organising the in-house Sustrans band.
John McCormick is Chairman of the Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT)
John McCormick has been the Chair of Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) since 1991. John campaigns for an integrated public transport system for Scotland. As well as being chair of SAPT, he is on the committee of the Friends of the West Highland Lines. He is a member of the Scottish High-Speed Rail group, and the West Highland Line Review Group. John has a degree in Natural Philosophy from Glasgow University and a PhD in high energy nuclear physics, and worked for two years as a research fellow in CERN (Geneva) where he gained an appreciation of the Swiss integrated public transport. He subsequently worked in IT Management in Weir Group.
Bruce Whyte is a Public Health Programme Manager at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH).
Bruce sits on the policy forum at Transform Scotland and was previously a board member. At GCPH, Bruce leads a programme of research into active and sustainable travel. Recent publications have included a review of cycling casualties and near misses in Scotland and an evaluation of a bike inclusion scheme (Bikes for All). He is currently involved in analysis of cycling and walking trends during lockdown and research to estimate the health economic impact of pedestrian and cycle commuting in Scotland.
John Pinkard is the Managing Director of Ansons Consulting Ltd.
John is a member of Transform Scotland’s Policy Forum and was previously a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the  Board. He has a deep understanding of the role sustainable travel and transport can play in creating a better world and is committed to helping deliver this outcome. John arrived in the UK in 2004, having started his 30+ year career in Australia. His day job is Managing Director of Ansons Consulting Ltd, a company that specialises in planning, delivering and evaluating measures designed to reduce the social, environmental, economic and/ or financial impacts of travel and transport. Alongside his consultancy work, John has also spent several years working in a range of relevant public sector policy and strategy roles and has volunteered his time to support the work of several charities. He holds a degree in Outdoor Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business.

Our Staff

 TS staff photos-098 Director: Colin Howden
Colin has managed Transform Scotland since 1998. He has extensive experience in campaigns, public affairs and political relations, is a regular contributor to the Scottish media and has published widely on all aspects of sustainable transport policy and practice. As the Director of Transform Scotland, Colin has overseen the design and publication of numerous campaign reports and publications for diverse audiences, from members of the public to senior business leaders and politicians. He is particularly adept at communicating complex technical information in an easy to understand way. He has in-depth knowledge of transport policy, operations and politics in Scotland, having worked with transport companies and senior stakeholders for over fifteen years. Colin was also Board member and Treasurer of the European Federation for Transport and Environment from 2009 to 2012. He can be reached via this webform. LinkedIn profile
TS staff photos-012 Enterprise Manager: Elspeth Wray
Elspeth joined Transform Scotland in 2014 to take charge of consultancy, fundraising and membership. She leads projects for Transform’s partners on everything from researching access to bikes in Scotland to launching a cruise ship environmental reporting tool in Norway. An experienced manager, few things make her happier than a good spreadsheet or nicely planned budget. Elspeth started her career as a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, before rapidly realising that she preferred working with people. She spent several years as an Environmental Consultant, advising clients on stakeholder relations and corporate responsibility, before leaving for Pennsylvania and fulfilling her childhood ambition to volunteer as a Ranger for the US National Parks Service. On returning to the UK Elspeth joined the Design Council to help clients design sustainable buildings and places. Since selling her car Elspeth has rediscovered buses and keeps busy at the weekends taking her family on increasingly complex bus trips around Edinburgh. LinkedIn profile
Fundraising Manager: Emma Margrett
Emma has worked and volunteered for Transform Scotland since 2013, initially as Development Officer, then Board Member and is currently Head of Fundraising. Emma’s main role is to research, review, write and submit funding applications to support Transform’s core aims. Emma’s background isn’t sustainable transport related but financial, environmental and development. Emma represented Transform on the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund grants panel for three years and was previously on the Boards of Comrie Development Trust and New Caledonian Woodlands. She does not drive (due to emissions plus being a total liability) so her bike is the main form of transport. Emma also likes table tennis and was a founding member of the Transform table tennis club. LinkedIn profile
  External Affairs Manager: Jess Pepper
Jess is the External Affairs Manager at Transform Scotland. She is an experienced strategic communications consultant with a professional background in public affairs, research, events and engaging communication on environmental and community projects and programmes. She combines wide experience in project management with strong communication skills, expertise on Government and Parliamentary processes, community engagement, campaigns and fresh initiatives with wide audiences; and has worked with organisations including WWF Scotland, Living Streets, Scottish Water, Children’s Parliament and Transport Scotland. Jess is on the Board of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, a Climate Reality Leader/Mentor (trained by Al Gore in 2013) and a Carbon Conversations facilitator. She loves trains and electric buses!
Policy Officer: Marie Ferdelman
Marie supports the delivery of campaigns and events and carries out research, writing and project management tasks for Transform Scotland. Next to this role, she also works for Sustrans as Infrastructure Officer, delivering active travel projects. Marie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2018 with an MSc in Global Environment, Politics and Society and subsequently worked on cycling and sustainable transport projects for staff and students in the University’s Transport Office. Marie is a keen cyclist with a love of long train journeys and is particularly enthusiastic about trains that allow bikes to be brought onboard.
Research Manager: Michelle Brophy
Michelle has worked in transportation for the last 15 years. She started her career in engineering consultancy working for various companies in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. However, when she accepted a transport planning role at the Department of Transport in Perth (Western Australia), she soon realised her passion for sustainable travel and the benefits it has for society. Since being back in the United Kingdom she has loved having a variety of job roles including: traffic engineer at TP&E (Cycling Scotland) and civil engineering lecturer/mentor roles at Kelvin College and Strathclyde University. Michelle has a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of West of Scotland and an MSc in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Napier University. She is a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. Michelle is passionate about advocating for pedestrian facilities and loves nothing more than taking her daughter on local walks in Renfrewshire where she lives.
Communications Officer: Rachel McFarlane
Rachel performs the communication tasks for Transform, managing the social media and web platforms, while also assisting on influencing and research. She began volunteering with Transform in 2019 during her third year at the University of Glasgow, where she received an MA in Politics and Sociology with First Class Honours in 2020. It was during her degree that she became interested in environmental policy and communications, deciding to write her dissertation on the role played by social media in engaging members of the public in climate activism. Rachel loves to be outdoors, particularly when she is sitting on the top deck of the CalMac service to the Outer Hebrides. LinkedIn Profile
Business Coordinator: Ros Browning
Ros is skilled in coordinating a bit of anything and everything for Transform Scotland! Based in Moray, she works remotely to support the staff team with their roles and manage our volunteers, as well as leading on some HR duties, events coordination, and office management. Graduating from the University of Dundee in 2002 with a degree in Zoology, her working career is diverse, combining extensive experience in project management with strong communication skills and a passion for community initiatives. She has worked for a range of enviromental and health/disability organisations including Friends of the Earth Scotland, The Ecology Centre, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Care for Carers. Ros loves nothing more than taking her dogs out for a long walk in nature or accompanying them on a bus or train journey!

Our Volunteers

Chris Day photo Policy Advisor: Chris Day
As Policy Advisor Chris has, inter alia, helped form and argue our positions on the Transport Bill, City Region Deals, and Air Departure Tax. After working as a Social and Community Worker, in 1992 Chris joined the Lothian Regional Council’s Accessible Transport Team, moving on in the City of Edinburgh Council to work on transport policy, planning, strategy, and public transport including buses, rail, and taxis. After a varied career in transport he retired in 2016. Chris’ first experience of transport activism was, aged 8 or 9, writing ‘Marples must go’ in the dirt on his father’s car. Marples, indeed, went shortly thereafter.
  Policy Advisor: Nigel Bagshaw
Nigel’s job is to monitor Edinburgh City Council’s implementation of the tram project and any other transport plans and issues affecting the city. He has long been involved in transport issues as a local environmental campaigner. Nigel also served as a councillor on Edinburgh City Council from 2012 to 2017 where he spoke for the Green group on transport and planning matters and sat on the Board of Transport for Edinburgh. He spends a lot of time travelling by public transport throughout Europe, particularly the east, always with a keen eye on other cities’ urban transport systems and history.


Please note that, except from Colin Howden, all of our staff and volunteers work part-time.
All media enquiries should be directed to Colin Howden on 07956 394121 or via this webform.