Our People

COAST has three members of staff and two contractors who work with over one hundred volunteers, fourteen of which are Community Advisory Panel (CAP) members; nine of these make up our Board of Trustees. The CAP meet every two months to guide the team’s work and make key decisions. Our Advisors help with technical and legal issues and our Ambassadors promote COAST’s vision for healthy seas across the world. Please get in touch if you would like to get involved.

Board of Trustees

Howard Wood

Howard Wood OBE

Co-Founder
Howard formed COAST in 1995 with another local diver, Don MacNeish. He was a key driver in the establishment of the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone in 2008 and a Goldman Environmental Prize Winner in 2015. To read more click Howard’s picture.

Russell Cheshire

Chair
Russell operated Ocean Breeze RIB Tours with his wife Elspeth for ten years and is now the Community Safety Officer for the Arran RNLI station in Lamlash Bay. They have lived on Arran since 1994 and are keen wildlife observers and beach cleaners.

Jenni Martin

Secretary
Jenni Martin originally from Bute, worked for Edinburgh City Council before retiring to Arran. Jenni has a wealth of HR and organisation development experience.

Patricia

Patricia Templeton

Treasurer
Recently retired to Arran, Patricia is an experienced audit, governance and risk management practitioner with 30 years experience in the private and public sectors. She has a love of all things outdoors, especially training & rehabilitating her 2 rescue dogs, and supporting & fundraising for her own and other dog charities. 

Sibbie Sangster

Sibbie Sangster

Sibbie is a keen sailor and cyclist. She formerly worked in adult education and was COAST’s Treasurer for 13 years. She recently retired her post but remains as a trustee. Click her photograph for more information.

Cicely Gill

Cicely Gill

Cicely has lived on Arran since the 60s and has just published her first novel. She is the prime mover behind our extremely popular annual marine crafts workshop.

Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson

Born on Arran and former fisherman and retired joiner, Jim is a local historian who remembers Arran’s once famous fishing festivals well.

COAST Team

A Binnie Staff

Andrew Binnie

Interim Manager
Andrew is a long-term supporter of COAST, previously worked for us for six years as Executive Director; he wrote the proposal for the South Arran Marine Protected Area and negotiated the purchase of the Octopus Centre back in 2016.

Andy Telford

Andy Telford

Fundraising Officer
Andy previously worked for COAST as Community Outreach & Admin Officer from 2013-2015, before travelling and working across the globe for five years. After returning to Arran, he was contracted to lead our fundraising strategy and help assist with project management.

Jenny Stark

Outreach & Comms Manager
Jenny has been leading COAST’s Education and Outreach Programme for the last 4 years. An accomplished diver with a love of all things wet and wild, she hopes to pass on her enthusiasm of marine conservation to people of all ages.

Liz Sutton

Liz Sutton

Funding Officer
Liz has worked in heritage development and fundraising for 18 years. She grew up on the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, surrounded by saltmarshes and big skies, and is looking forward to combining her love of the coast and her professional skills at COAST. 

Lucy Kay

MPA Project Officer
Lucy has worked on marine protected areas and marine management in the UK, south east Asia and the Pacific. She has been fortunate to visit and dive in marine reserves in many different places and is enthusiastic about realising the benefits of marine protected areas for wildlife and people.

Nikki Harris

Centre Admin Assistant
Nikki moved to Arran (too long ago to mention!) and has been involved in community initiatives on the island including setting up Lamlash Youth Centre. She runs her own part-time business when not in COAST, and is passionate about helping protect our seas and trees!

Sheridan

Sheridan Waldon

Book Keeper
Sheridan is responsible for COAST’s book keeping and financial reports. She moved to Arran 17 years ago because she loves being by the sea.

COAST Community Advisory Panel (CAP)

Donald McNicol

Donald McNicol

Donald lived on Arran until he left a long time ago to become a mechanical engineer, initially for submarines, then with offshore platforms and laterally with hydro and wind generation. He has been our volunteer project manager for the renovation works of the Old Pavilion.

Dr Robin Jenks

Dr Robin Jenks

A marine campaigner and former science teacher, Robin lives on the west of Arran and has a doctorate in fresh water biology.

Hayley Woodroffe

Hayley Woodroffe

Hayley moved to the island a few years ago and works in the community and is actively interested in the island’s marine wildlife through snorkelling and kayaking.

Luke Nelson

Luke Nelson

Luke is our youngest CAP member and is hoping to become a marine biologist when he grows up. He was a runner up in the environment category of the Young Scot Award in 2018! Click on his photo to find links to the videos.

Sue Ash

Sue Ash

Sue is a passionate scuba diver and sea swimmer. She wants to inspire as many people as possible to take care of our seas. Her background as a charity manager, and work with COAST as part-time Marine Centre Officer, has made her a fantastic asset as part of the CAP.

COAST Advisors

Claire

Claire Youdale

Claire has a BSc Hons in Marine Zoology from Bangor University. She is a experienced Seasearch diver and assists COAST conduct research around Arran.

Simon Baxter

Simon Baxter

Legal Advisor
Simon has worked as a lawyer in Brussels for over twenty five years in the field of EU regulatory law. He has advised COAST on the establishment of the South Arran Marine Protected Area, and on other projects.

Tom Appleby

Tom Appleby

Legal Advisor
Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, specialising in environmental law. He is a trustee of Blue Marine Foundation and helped COAST establish the public’s right to fish and the Lamlash Bay NTZ.

Zabdi Keen

Zabdi Keen

Zabdi runs Flying Fever paragliding school, with her partner Maurice. She is our web designer and technical back-up and works closely with COAST on our campaigns.

COAST Ambassadors

Leigh Howarth

Leigh Howarth

Dr Leigh Howarth, formerly of York University, spent many summers on Arran leading a team of researchers investigating the effects of the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone. You can find his published research papers under the Research section of our website.

Don MacNeish

Don MacNeish

COAST co-founder Don MacNeish and Doug Anderson became COAST’s first official ambassadors. Don played a huge part in the Lamlash Bay No Take Zone campaign.

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson has worked worldwide creating underwater sequences for award winning BBC series such as “The Blue Planet”, “Planet Earth” and “Life”.

Kenneth Gibson

Kenneth Gibson

Kenneth Gibson MSP received his COAST Ambassador certificate from Howard Wood for his tireless support to COAST over many years.

Katie Clark

Katy Clark

Katy Clark MP was made COAST Ambassador for her invaluable support and help to COAST as our former Westminster MP.

COAST Volunteers

Coast relies largely on volunteers, that happily give away their free time to support our mission in any possible way. Different volunteering options include; front desk support at the Octopus Centre, DIY improvements of our space, assisting in public events, donating pieces of art, baking and many more!

We really value our volunteers and we would like them to share their experience with you!
Check out a few testimonials from our volunteering team here.