Staff Team

Emma Cooper, Chief Executive

Emma has been with Scottish Rural Action since it formed in early 2015 and this is the third Rural Parliament she has organised for SRA. Emma is the SRA representative on the National Transport Strategy Partnership Group. Prior to SRA, Emma managed a community-owned forest on Bute, where she still lives, and before that managed outdoor pursuit and youth work charities. Emma enjoys baking, outdoor pursuits and gardening outside of work and is a director of Rothesay Pavilion. 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.

Contact: or @_PaulDaly


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

Portrait image of Martin McManusMartin 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.