Board Members

Board Members

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.

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.

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.

Lesley McEwan

Lesley has run companies large and small for the past 30 years, from her early days as a Managing Director in the Edinburgh Advertising Agency world, to her nearly 20 years in Spain as the CEO of a well known Real Estate business.  Her specialist fields are marketing, advertising and PR, Hospitality, Real Estate and Spanish Law.  She is now a Spanish Consultant to Justice Abroad and is developing a new international Estate Agency ready for launch later this year. Lesley is delighted to bring her business expertise to The Ecology Centre.

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.

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.

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. 

Sarah Neal

Sarah is a local mum who regularly visits Kinghorn Loch with her family. She works as a Lifelong Learning Development Worker in Edinburgh. She is interested in the link between nature and building resilience in children, young people and adults who have experienced adversity.