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Biological data for south-east and part of central Scotland

Fiddlehead of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)
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TWIC Directors


Sarah Eno (Chairperson)


Elected 2012

Like many women reaching their mid-40's, Sarah went to university following two years of Open University study and thoroughly enjoyed her ecology degree at Lancaster University. The degree gave a broader and more scientific base to her amateur botanical skills, organic smallholding and love of the environment as well as a good many new friends, bird and bryophyte ID skills.

Sarah become the project manager of the National Trust for Scotland's Upland Grazing Project in 1996. This took her to some of Scotland's iconic European protected mountain areas working on how to determine and manage grazing impacts on conservation areas. When this finished she worked for about a year in Scottish Natural Heritage's Aberdeen office initially contracted on the beginnings of site condition monitoring of SSSI's followed by maternity leave cover for an Area Officer post.

By 2000 Sarah had moved to the Scottish Borders as an Area Officer to SNH again, with the full range of work – broad but shallow – as she dealt with all sorts of protected species work, planning assessments, looking after SSSIs, advice on agri-environment grants etc. Sarah’s botanical skills waxed and waned over the 13 years but also led her to being responsible for the SNH input into the Scottish Borders Biological Records Centre when it was with the local authority. Both the botanical recording and working with The Wildlife Information Centre continues in her retirement, along with various other engagements with natural heritage enthusiams.

Contact the TWIC Chair by email chair@wildlifeinformation.co.uk


Wilma Harper


Elected 2017

Day Job: Chartered Forester and Chartered Environmentalist, Director and Trustee

Wilma is an experienced director, having held senior positions in the Forestry Commission and now has a portfolio of board positions. As well as being a Director of TWIC, she is a Trustee of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and President of the Edinburgh Natural History Society. She is also a trustee for Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards and a board member of the Royal Scottish Forestry Society.

Alongside this broad environmental background, she brings considerable experience of corporate governance, strategy and change management. She has led the development of major computer systems and is now helping a number of groups develop their websites and improve the use of social media.

She has a particular focus on areas which support people improve their understanding and appreciation of their environment. She regularly leads excursions for the “Edinburgh Nats” and enjoys the exploring and discovery these field trips bring. Having become a runner 5 years ago, she has learned the value of being outdoors for improving health wellbeing and now leads a Jogscotland trail running group.


Rob Briers


Elected 2014

Day Job: Associate Professor of Ecology, Edinburgh Napier University

Rob was elected as a TWIC Director in 2014. In addition to this, he is an Associate Professor of Ecology in the School of Applied Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently the Head of the Life Sciences group within the School, which involves overseeing a group of nearly 50 academics. Rob has diverse research interests particularly focused on aquatic ecosystems from rivers and ponds to coastal areas. He undertakes work involving a combination of field- and laboratory-based research in addition to the use of geographical information systems and spatial analysis.

Prior to moving to Edinburgh in 2003, Rob was based in Aberystwyth studying dispersal of adult aquatic insects from upland streams, following on from gaining a PhD from the University of Sheffield.


Lucy Hoad


Co-opted 2019

Lucy is an experienced Town Planning professional, with 10 years’ experience in both private and public practice, having gained a MSc degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Studies (1).

Lucy has worked on a range of residential, commercial and renewable energy schemes, ensuring that priorities such as community benefits, habitat restoration and protection, and biodiversity enhancement are secured in development proposals, gaining knowledge and experience in design and project management, GIS and spatial planning, negotiation and stakeholder engagement, and policy implementation and development.

Having worked for 10 years in the Education Sector as a Student Adviser and Course Co-ordinator, Lucy is particularly passionate about engaging young people in an informed appreciation of both the natural and built environment.

Lucy is also a committee member on the steering group of the Scottish Wildlife Trust (Central Borders) representing the charity at the River Tweed Forum.


Michael Scott


Co-opted 2019

Day Job: Business operations at Texthouse, a Kelso-based copywriting and content marketing company.

Michael spent most of the last 25 years managing a local authority countryside visitor centre near Jedburgh, until leaving to join his partner’s business in 2019. The countryside centre also hosted the Scottish Borders Biological Records Centre and he played a key role in nurturing its development from 1996 until it became part of TWIC in 2007. The next twelve years continued the working relationship with TWIC through a series of SLAs focussed on biological recording activity in the Scottish Borders.

Michael has a science degree, a postgraduate qualification in countryside management and a more recent degree in business and enterprise. Practical conservation work parties and countryside rangering were a part of his working life until the mid-1990s when he returned to his home territory in the Borders.

He’s a committed wildlife recorder and feels privileged to meet so many wonderful and memorable individuals, both experts and enthusiasts, through excursions, meetings and training events.


Ian Young


Elected 2012. Re-elected 2014

Before retirement in 2010 Ian was an architect and town planner. He has worked in the private and public sectors covering the following areas; the design of housing and schools; architectural conservation and policies; town centre redevelopment; landscape architecture; derelict land reclamation and environmental improvement; biodiversity (including the Midlothian Local Biodiversity Action Plan) and tourism development.

Following retirement he became a Director of TWIC and is also a Trustee of the Mavisbank Trust which seeks to restore William Adam’s 18th century masterpiece Mavisbank house near Loanhead.


Andy Swales

Co-opted 2019


TWIC is a company limited by guarantee - registered in Scotland No. SC234339. A recognised Scottish Charity SC034113. TWIC acknowledges financial support from Scottish Natural Heritage.