Staff Team

Emma Cooper, Chief Executive

Emma has been the Coordinator of the Scottish Rural Parliament since 2014. She has held senior management posts in the third sector for over ten years. Her specific interests are in land, health, education, democracy and economics. She is a resident on the Isle of Bute in Argyll where her partner runs a small business. Emma has a (very) smallholding and is actively involved in a number of local projects, including Rothesay Pavilion, ButeFest and Bute Community Land Company of which she is chair. Emma has a BSc in Applied Psychology and a Master in Public Administration and is a member of ACOSVO.

Contact: or @SRA_EmmaC

Fiona Thomson, Volunteering & Campaigns Co-ordinator

Fiona joined the Scottish Rural Action team in February 2017. Fiona has been working in the field of community development for over ten years; with particular focus on adult learning, mental health campaigning and service delivery across Scotland but with particular focus on the Highlands and Islands. Fiona is a resident of Lochaber and has a keen interest in hill running and open water swimming when time allows a break from two small children.


Paul Daly, Policy & Communications Officer

Paul joined the Scottish Rural Action team in September 2017. Paul has worked at Friends of the Earth Scotland, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, Interfaith Scotland and Amnesty International in a variety of campaigns, policy and communications roles.  When not working at SRA, Paul works as Advocacy and Activism Officer at the Amnesty International UK Scotland office.  He is also Co-Chair of Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Paul has an MSc in Environmnetal Studies, and a BA (Hons) in Psychology.  Paul grew up in the Scottish Borders.

Contact: or @_PaulDaly