Meet the team

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere has a team managed by Southern Uplands Partnership.

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Simon Fieldhouse - Biosphere Co-ordinator

Simon runs the the D&G Council Countryside and Access Service and through his role there has been involved in developing and promoting the opportunities of the biosphere since 2006. He brings with him a background in countryside management and experience of working within the public sector.

Simon Fieldhouse - Biosphere Co-ordinator
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere co-ordinator
email: simon@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 07834 567895
Nic Coombey

Nic Coombey - Community and Learning Officer

Nic Coombey is responsible for developing community and education opportunities in the Biosphere area. Nic has worked in SW Scotland for over 17 years with Solway Heritage and Southern Uplands Partnership and most recently as a Coastal Ranger with Solway Firth Partnership. The participation of local people in conservation and learning has been a focus of his work on implementing natural, built and cultural heritage projects and he is looking forward to continuing this role in the new phase of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.

Nic Coombey - Community and Learning Officer
Community & Learning Officer
email: nic@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 07467 374961
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Wendy Fenton - Natural Heritage Officer

Wendy is responsible for raising awareness of the natural environment within the Biosphere and guiding land managers towards how best to manage and enhance this special resource.

Having lived in the area for many years Wendy has developed a keen understanding of the varied environments within the Biosphere and the interaction between them and the working landscape. Working initially for the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and then as an independent farm conservation advisor, she relishes the opportunity of working with land managers within the Biosphere, towards further enhancing the valuable and often fragile habitats we have that make it such a special place.

Wendy Fenton - Natural Heritage Officer
Natural Heritage Officer
email: wendy@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 07467 374962
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Marie McNulty - Business Development Officer

As the Business Development officer, Marie McNulty is responsible for developing relationships between businesses and agencies in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.  Marie lives in Ayrshire and brings with her excellent business engagement experience. Her focus will be ensuring that the Biosphere Charter is widely supported and that the Biosphere develops a much higher profile with businesses in the Biosphere, maximising opportunities for sustainable businesses development .

Marie McNulty - Business Development Officer
Business Development Officer
email: marie@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 07467 374963
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Dr Emily Taylor - Natural Heritage Officer

Emily is responsible for raising awareness of the natural environment within the Biosphere and guiding land managers towards how best to manage and enhance this special resource.

Originally hailing from the Isle of Coll, Emily’s passion is the countryside and the sustainable management of our natural environment. After gaining a BSc from the University of St Andrews in Marine Environmental Biology she worked as a Countryside Ranger in Aberdeenshire before moving to Galloway and working for the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and then gaining a Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow in Carbon Management and  a PhD with the University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. She now works for the Crichton Carbon Centre where she continues research and works as a project officer for the Biosphere as well as the Peatland Action peatland restoration project.

Dr Emily Taylor - Natural Heritage Officer
Natural Heritage Officer
email: emily@gsabiosphere.org.uk