Meet the team

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

Ed Forrest - Biosphere Co-ordinator

As Biosphere Coordinator Ed is tasked with managing the project team, exploring new funding and partnership opportunities and ensuring the Biosphere delivers on its Strategic Plan,

Ed’s involvement with the Biosphere began in 2011 helping to raise awareness amongst communities, businesses and agencies about the potential the UNESCO Biosphere status offers to SW Scotland.  As well as working for the Biosphere, he has been actively involved in developing and promoting nature based tourism in the region, including leading on the development of Wild Seasons and the Wild Film Festival Scotland. Prior to working on the Biosphere he spent almost fifteen years working with the National Trust, starting out on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall before moving to the Lake District in 1994 where he was based until 2007 when he moved to Dumfries and Galloway Council to work on the £4m Sulwath Connection Landscape Partnership Project.

His skills include securing and managing project funds; development and instigation of environmental and cultural projects; managing and facilitating stakeholder consultations and best practice events with agencies and communities.

Ed Forrest - Biosphere Co-ordinator
Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere co-ordinator
email: ed@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 0771 7767936

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

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