Our People

COAST has five members of staff and two contractors who work with over one hundred volunteers, fifteen 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

Cicely Gill

Chair
Cicely moved to Arran in 1968 and has been involved with COAST for about 12 years. Since leaving her job as a psychotherapist in Glasgow she has prioritised her writing, and is currently writing a play about the Clearances in Arran. She believes our actions at COAST are essential in order to push forward the attainment of sustainable seas. She swims in the sea nearly every day.

Catherine Jenks

Secretary
Catherine and her husband Robin moved to Arran in 1994 to raise their two sons. She’s worked in healthcare on the island since moving, and became involved with COAST following the 5 year celebrations of the No Take Zone. Inspired by the knowledge, enthusiasm and dedication of other Trustees, Volunteers and Workers, Catherine is keen to support the ongoing work of COAST to ensure the revival and health of our coastal waters.

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. 

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.

Jenni Martin

Jenni, originally from Bute, worked for Edinburgh City Council before retiring to Arran. Jenni has a wealth of HR and organisation development experience and was COAST’s secretary for many years before retiring her position in 2021.

Russell Cheshire

Russell operated Ocean Breeze RIB Tours with his wife Elspeth for ten years and is the Community Safety Officer for the Arran RNLI station in Lamlash Bay. They are keen wildlife observers and beach cleaners, and Russ was COAST’s chair for two years before he moved to Seil to operate marine wildlife boat tours.

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 retired her post in 2019 but remains as a trustee. Click her photograph for more information.

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

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Andrew Binnie

Director
Andrew originally joined COAST in 2011 and wrote the proposal for the South Arran Marine Protected Area. He has an MSc in Aquatic Ecosystems Management and a background in community-based natural resource management. He re-joined us in 2020 after a spending a couple of years working on environmental projects on Arran and the mainland.

Andy

Andy Telford

Operations and Finance Officer
Andy previously worked for COAST as Community Outreach & Admin Officer from 2013-2015, before heading off to work in the marine sector in SE Asia, Australia and New Zealand. A keen diver, sailor and world traveller, this non-stop adventurer is at home as long as he is outdoors!

Jenny Crockett

Outreach & Comms Manager
Jenny has been leading COAST’s Education and Outreach Programme for the last 5 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 grew up on Arran and has been involved in many 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.

Ruth McLaren

Ruth worked for Arran Eco Savvy delivering projects on sustainable lifestyles and carbon literacy. It is through this work, along with her interactions with COAST that she has recognised the importance of marine conservation in the fight against climate change.

Simon Ross-Gill

Simon is an Arran based Graphic Designer who has worked and volunteered with COAST since 2017. After many years living in Peru, he returned home to Arran where he believes there is huge potential to become more sustainable and self-sufficient. He is a director of the Arran Pioneer Project and created the Arran Green Map.

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

Amy Fairbairn

Amy is a communications professional with two decades’ experience working in the public and charity sectors, most recently as the Head of Media and Communications for Mercy Corps. Currently Amy consults for purpose-led organisations helping them better communicate social and environmental impact and solutions.

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 Discovery 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.