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.

Gail Skinner

Gail is an experienced Finance Director with a track record in strategic and financial consultancy of developing businesses.  As a member of Pilotlight, Gail became involved with The Ecology Centre in 2015 and joined the board to assist the team in developing a financial strategy to enable future sustainability of the charity.

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. 

Alison Rutherford

Alison is currently Principal Teacher of Biology at Viewforth High School, Kirkcaldy.  She has taught for many years in and around Fife, Dundee and abroad.  She is passionate about environmental education for all, but particularly the engagement of young people with nature.

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.