Board Members

Board Members

Antony Payne


Tony has been involved with The Ecology Centre since 2004. His background is in IT where he previously managed 3 international companies and also set up his own IT business. Tony is involved in a number of other local organisations.

Liz Mitchell

Liz has had a career in voluntary and public sector management, particularly with older people and people with disabilities or sensory impairments. She has always been very involved with her local community.

Chris Miles

Chris was a Head teacher of a Nursery and continues to work in the field of pre-school education. She has considerable experience of committees, including involvement at a national level. Chris is also a talented musician and performer.

Edwina Gibson

Edwina is married with three grown up sons and two grand-daughters. She has lived and worked in many different places over the years. She has happily been part of the volunteer lunch team at The Ecology Centre now for many years.

Ken Hunter

Ken skills range from construction design and build processes, land procurement and project management which offer a broad experience across the board. Beyond this he has some experience in commercial business and tourism.

Roger Ashworth

Roger’s experience from a strategic marketing career in Financial Services and small business consultancy is helping the team develop plans to enable the charity to become financially self funded.  By improving communication with key audiences, carefully developing new services, and enhancing our digital services Roger’s input is helping take us forward.

Christina Laing

With over 30 years’ experience in Further and Higher Education in the college sector, Christina’s career has evolved from working as a hairdressing lecturer, Manager, Head of Department to Director of Sustainability at Fife College.  Christina was pivotal in creating the award winning, first of its kind ‘Green Salon’ at the College.  Since retiring in December 2017, Christina is doing an Open University qualification in Environmental Science and keen to get involved with the Centre.

Sophie Eastwood

Sophie’s background is in environmental sciences.  She has worked with various environmental charities, including Scottish Wildlife Trust, Fife Coast & Countryside Trust and the RSPB.  Currently working as Operations Manager for the 2050 Climate Group, Sophie is also working as an Education Officer with the Royal Zoological Society for Scotland, where she delivers various education initiatives. 

Andy Pay

Originally from Cornwall, Andy moved to Burntisland in 2017. He has a lifelong interest in natural history and conservation, but his main area of expertise is with birds and insects. Andy has worked for the National Trust in Cornwall, setting up and running environmental education projects with local schools. He has also been a nature reserve warden and for many years was on the committee of the Cornwall Bird-Watching and Preservation Society as Secretary and Conservation Officer. Andy is The Ecology Centre’s resident wildlife blogger and regularly writes about the birds and wildlife around Kinghorn Loch.

Cat Payne

Cat is an Environmental Strategy Officer at Fife Resource Solutions, an arms-length organisation of Fife Council. She leads on climate change adaptation and climate change monitoring and reporting for the Council. Her 16 years experience has seen her work in the third sector, government, as well as spending 12 years working around the world as an environmental consultant with organisations such as AEA Technology, Poyry Energy Consulting, ERM and Aquatera. Cat is passionate about environmentalism, gardening, Munro-bagging, sustainability projects and upcycling.

Andrew Barraclough


Andrew is a husband, dad to two, and an experienced chartered accountant. Having worked with companies both large and small, Andrew’s specialism in Financial Control ensures The Ecology Centre retains the highest financial management and control standards in all it seeks to do. Andrew’s other interests include yoga, mindfulness and nutrition.

Katie Russell

Katie is a partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn, a Scottish head-quartered law firm and she specialises in employment law.  She has a strong interest in equality issues, and how organisations can take practical steps to reduce unconscious bias and discrimination within their HR practices and create supportive and inclusive workplaces.   Katie has supported other charities including Volunteer Midlothian and Pilotlight, providing guidance and advice on finance and sustainability, succession planning, core purpose, and business planning.  Since moving to Fife, she’s keen to get involved in the local community and use her skills to support the Centre.