Deborah is Chief Officer at Scottish Environment LINK, the network for environmental non-governmental organisations in Scotland, whose aim is to be a strong coherent voice in pursuit of a sustainable Scotland. With a PhD in Palaeoecology, Deborah makes connections between specialists and policy makers, prehistory and today. She brings the long eye of history and the distance of the horizon to bear on policy development, focussing on using policy to build resilience of Scotland, especially its habitats and species, and to build a future for Scotland’s nature and Scotland’s people.
Deborah has extensive senior leadership experience in natural and cultural heritage in Scotland. Between 2016 and 2019, she led a multi-partner international consortium working with citizens, climate and soil scientists and policy makers across Europe. She is a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and an active board member of a number of charities in Scotland, who work on conservation, environmental rights and third-sector leadership.