Our trustees

J Hughes

Jonathan Hughes

Jonathan (Jonny) Hughes is currently the CEO of WCMC at UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) based in Cambridge, UK. Prior to this Jonny was CEO of the Scottish Wildlife Trust having previously worked for the Woodland Trust and Westminster City Council.

For nine years to September 2021, Jonny was a global Councillor for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where for four years he chaired the Council’s policy and programme committee and the EU policy advisory group. He is also a trustee of the John Ellerman Foundation.

Jonny retains strong connections with Scotland through his role as non-Executive Director of Corrour Estate, a large upland estate in the central Highlands of Scotland.

Since being fascinated by wildlife from the age of four, Jonny has devoted his life to helping create a world where nature and people prosper together. Throughout his career he has pioneered new ideas in nature conservation, challenged received wisdom and focused on turning words into action

Andrew Fairbairn

Andrew Fairbairn

Andrew worked for 18 years as Communications and Development Manager at the Woodland Trust Scotland, with particular interest in ancient trees, deer, creating and protecting native woodland, forestry policy and project management. Since January 2015 Andrew has been working on a self-employed basis as an Environmental Consultant.


Liz Thomas

Liz is a charity sector professional with a wealth of experience in fundraising and management roles in sectors including: health, social welfare, disability and sensory impairment, volunteering and housing/homelessness. Liz specialises in statutory, trust and lottery fundraising and creating and maintaining long term relationships.


Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards is an ecologist and project manager with experience in leading conservation work in Scotland, Africa, South Asia and the Middle-East. He has a longstanding involvement in community engagement and action.

Ian was a director of Reforesting Scotland; and is especially interested in the interface between science and the arts. He has authored or edited a number of books and  his current interest is in developing resilience in the face of rapid environmental change and challenges.

Belinda Bramley

Belinda Bramley

Belinda is a passionate environmentalist with an interest in nature-based solutions. She has worked in the not-for-profit sphere for over 20 years, serving as Head of Impact for Nekton Foundation and CFO for Global Canopy and Earthwatch Europe. She is currently an independent consultant in the blue economy, an Associate for NLA International Ltd, a blue economy solutions consultancy and an Advisor for Blue Green Future LLC, thought-leaders in natural capital valuation and the development of nature-services markets.

Belinda’s interests lie in convening and developing holistic solutions and supporting equitable, sustainable blue economy initiatives. She is a chartered accountant with an early career in the City of London, leading expert teams providing finance and treasury support for investment banking activities and was formerly Treasurer of Global Canopy.