Meet the team

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

Ed Forrest - Biosphere Co-ordinator

Ed 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, which in due course he went on to manage. He joined the Southern Uplands Partnership in 2011 where he started out working on the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. As well as working for the Biosphere, Ed’s involvement with SUP has seen him develop a strong interest in nature based tourism in the region, including leading on the development of Wild Seasons and the Wild Film Festival Scotland. His skills include securing and managing project funds; development and instigation of environmental and cultural projects; managing facilitating stakeholder’s consultations and best practice events with agencies and communities.

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

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