Naomi Johnson has been working as an independent freelancer in Scotland since September 2016 including helping facilitate a board strategy day for CRNS earlier this year. Naomi is client focused and has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Previous roles include leading the Scottish Charity Firstport (2007-2011) and also working for CRN UK (1999-2007). Naomi holds an MBA from the Cranfield Trust. Naomi has previously served on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland and is currently a non-exec board member at Dumfries and Galloway College.
Simon Laidlaw has worked in the voluntary sector for the last 23 years. As well as reuse experience, he has a great knowledge of homelessness, mental health and addictions service delivery. He has a degree in Social Policy as well as an MBA and a law degree. He began his career in the Royal Navy and later trained as a Registered Nurse. In the early nineties he moved from NHS forensic psychiatric services into the voluntary sector setting up homeless accommodation in Edinburgh for Bethany Christian Trust and later growing the organisation’s service delivery as Assistant Director. Currently he is CEO of Transform, leading the organisation in its delivery of social care and social enterprise activities across Tayside and Fife.
Ray Georgeson is an independent professional who is highly experienced in the resource efficiency sector. With over 30 years experience of waste and resources management as a volunteer, campaigner, educator, policymaker, programme manager, chief executive and consultant. He runs his own consultancy business (RGR) and was also CEO of the Resource Association from 2011 to 2019. Previous roles include Director of Policy & Evaluation at WRAP and CEO at Waste Watch, as well as acting as an adviser to Defra, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office and the Irish Government. Ray was educated at the University of Lancaster and Cranfield University School of Management and is a Chartered Waste Manager and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Sophy Green is the Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour, a well-respected social enterprise operating in the North East of Scotland. She was appointed Chair of Senscot (Social Entrepreneur Network Scotland) in June 2007, is a mentor with Business Mentoring Scotland, a Mentor with the Sported Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an alumni of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a Burgess of Guild for the City of Aberdeen and a member of the Bonnymuir Green Community Trust. She is married, has three daughters, a granddaughter and grandson.
Laura Tainsh is the lead Partner in the Environmental & Waste Team with the Davidson Chalmers Stewart law firm. Laura has varied and wide-ranging experience which covers all environmental issues, with a particular specialism for dealing with the waste and resources sector and enjoys being involved in unique transactions which require a bespoke but commercial approach. Laura is a Chartered Waste Manager with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the only solicitor in Scotland to have obtained this accolade. She is also a member of the Scottish Council of CIWM and the Scottish representative of the CIWM Scientific and Technical Committee. In addition, Laura is a Law Society of Scotland Accredited Specialist in Environmental Law and is an active member of Law Society of Scotland Environmental Law Committee and of the Scottish Committee of the UK Environmental Law Association. On the more academic side of things, Laura is a member of the editorial board of the highly regarded Scottish Planning & Environmental Law (SPEL) Journal as well as being a regular contributor to the journal and also to Materials Recycling World Magazine as a columnist.
Paul has served on the CRNS board since 2010 including acting as Chair for much of this time. Paul has over 25 years in retailing, business sales and procurement, predominately in the food and drink sector. During this time Paul has developed extensive experience in product evaluation, benchmarking and retail. Paul has been a Councillor on Aberdeenshire Council since 1995. Paul graduated from the University of Aberdeen.
Ian Matheson is the Head of Operations for Blythswood Care. Ian has overall management of Blythswood Care’s 24 Scottish reuse shops and 2 hub depots, processing goods for reuse and recycling sale. Leading 98 staff and 100’s of volunteers in this work, it provides funding towards Blythswood Care’s projects in Scotland and abroad e.g. food bank centres, supported training, life-skills for ex orphanage boys, education and community programmes etc.
Effective resource management is at the core of Blythswood Trading’s operations with 2100 tonnes reused or recycled each year in Scotland. Ian has led Blythswood’s work with/support for over 30 like-minded community organisations in Scotland. Ian is a founding member of the Zero Waste Scotland Revolve Users Group.
Prior to joining Blythswood, Ian spent over 18 years in the IT sector, implementing and project managing IT systems for clients in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Ian is a trustee of The Elsie Normington Foundation and a trustee of the Blythswood Romania charity.
For the last 5 years Colin has been Operations Manager of Bike for Good – Scotland’s largest, and one of its longest established, bike recycling charities. Responsibilities include Operations Management of the Social Enterprise sector of the Organisation covering 4 departments (2 shops with recycling & repair workshops, B2B/Outreach department and the operation of the maintenance contract of Glasgow Nextbike, Glasgow’s mass automated bike hire scheme. Coaching and leadership of a team
of 60 staff and 50 volunteers, creation and control of annual and monthly budgets and financials and H&S administration.
Prior to working for Bike for Good Colin ran his own business for 8 years in both Scotland and then Canada. Before that he was Area Manager and Business Development Manager for Cafe Nero for 7 years.
Working for large corporations Colin has developed great communication, motivation, innovation & team leadership skills with a keen eye for detail. Through developing his own business, he is highly self-motivated with a focus on quality & financial controls whilst always aiming to exceed the customers’ expectations. Colin’s main hobby is keeping fit and competing in Triathlon events.
After starting his working life working with children with special needs in residential care, Paul Smith moved on to work in the private sector, before working for an inner-city local authority. Over the past two decades Paul has spent his time working with volunteers in a regeneration role to develop a Furniture Project as a sustainable social enterprise that has a positive impact within our local community.
Otherwise life is all about his two daughters and what he can do to assist with their growth into adulthood.
Elaine joined The Edinburgh Remakery as the new CEO in December 2019, bringing over 25 years’ experience of working in various roles within Local Authorities and not for-profit organisations. As Chief Operating Officer at Bright Green Business she led on providing Scotland’s number one Environmental Internship programme.
Now at the Edinburgh Remakery, she is driving forward the concept of Re-use and Repair through the community hub in Leith. Regularly giving talks to businesses and organisations across Scotland about the concept of reuse, repair, circular economy and social value. She is passionate about creating stronger collaborations between the third sector and public/private sectors.
Elaine first got involved with CRNS when she managed the Bright Green Business Network -working on a reciprocal membership basis with CRNS. The Edinburgh Remakery has been a long-term member of CRNS and under Elaine's leadership she has ensured that every aspect of the membership benefits was utilised. During Covid19 the support from CRNS has been a crucial element in the recovery planning for the Remakery. Now it's time to give back! Elaine looks forward to helping CRNS continue to provide a service to its members that is second to none.
David manages the Social Enterprise Academy’s activities in the North of Scotland and leads on rural programmes for Social Enterprise Academy International. He has account managed learning programmes on 28 different Scottish islands and scores of remote mainland communities, including in Gaelic medium programmes. Internationally David has account managed programmes in 12 countries on four continents. He works closely with Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Government and British Council.
Before joining Social enterprise Academy, David was Development Officer for CRNS from 2004-2008, covering the North of Scotland. The social and environmental outcomes of the sector are what drives David, avoiding what one CRNS member called ‘wasted resources and wasted lives’.
David has worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University for 17 years, tutoring on three Environment modules. He lives in Dingwall, and enjoys running, cycling, hillwalking and wild camping, often with some of his four children.
Mark is a Director of Stella’s Voice and in charge of its UK operation. Having been with the charity for over 32 years Mark not only brings a passion and keen interest for all things reuse, he also brings extensive experience and insight from his decades of working in the charity and reuse & recycling sector and how these projects can be used to impact and transform lives in communities locally and overseas.
Since joining, Mark has been actively engaged with CRNS and more recently (2019) Stella’s Voice joined the reuse Consortium which has increased the involvement and engagement with CRNS.