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.
Fiona Thompson, 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.
Barbara Grieve, Finance and Administration Officer
Whilst Barbara has worked for both large and small companies in an administrative capacity for the last few years she has been focused on growing a business with her husband and raising their three children.
Barbara is also currently studying a PG Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
Martin McManus, Brexit Project Manager
Martin has 30 years’ experience working within the field of urban and community regeneration. This includes working for four, large local authorities, resulting in an extensive knowledge and understanding of how the public and third sector operates. Martin has worked for over 15 years at a senior management level, contributing to corporate policy and strategy development and working directly with chief executives, corporate management teams and politicians. He has proven leadership skills, an in-depth knowledge of partnership working and a track record of achieving results. Martin successfully planned and managed several, significant, multi-million-pound projects. Through this breadth and depth of experience, he has gained a deep understanding of Scottish political, public sector, community and social issues and their place within a UK and European context. He also has a B.A. Social Sciences and an M.Phil in Urban Policy.