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

Jono Hudson - PLACE in the Biosphere Community Officer

Jono Hudson, lives in Newton Stewart, but originally hails from West Yorkshire. After spending 20 years in the civil service, Jono studied for two separate degree courses; firstly an FdSc in Environmental Conservation; then a BSc(Hons) in Wildlife Management. This led to several years working as an ecological consultant followed by a year in the Outer Hebrides, project managing an EU conservation project. He then moved to southwest Scotland to take up an area officer role with Scottish Natural Heritage. A large part of his career has involved integrating and working closely with communities, so he is looking forward to working with communities on the PLACE in the Biosphere Project.

Jono Hudson - PLACE in the Biosphere Community Officer
PLACE in the Biosphere Community Officer
email: jono@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 07741 660387

Lynsay Forsyth - PLACE in the Biosphere Community Officer

Lynsay Forsyth was born and raised in Dumfries in Galloway which has contributed to a real understanding of rural life from the closeness to nature and the beautiful scenery to the pressures of isolation and geographical constraints. She see her new role as one of the PLACE Community Project Officers as an exciting challenge.

Lynsay Forsyth - PLACE in the Biosphere Community Officer
PLACE in the Biosphere Community Officer
email: lynsay@gsabiosphere.org.uk
phone: 07741 660388