Matthew Logan

As the Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ) Outer Hebrides Manager my role focuses on promoting, facilitating and supporting innovative decarbonisation projects, trials and demonstrations across the Outer Hebrides. The ICNZ is a pan-Island innovation and research centre that will support communities in the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to become leaders in the energy transition. We are working with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the University of the Highlands and Islands Outer Hebrides to deliver the ICNZ local, and collaborating with partners in Orkney and Shetland to coordinate the Centre.

I’m really excited to be a part of the ICNZ and hopeful that the Centre will create opportunities for community groups and local businesses across our Islands to be leaders in decarbonising and sustainable living.

During my time at CES till now I have worked on a variety of projects across the Outer Hebrides and beyond, developing experience in sustainable transport, local energy planning, knowledge sharing events, stakeholder workshops and policy work. I’ve enjoyed the diversity of work and opportunities to learn about new technologies and local community needs. My favourite projects are those in which we work directly with a community and help them put project ideas into action.

Previous projects I’ve worked on include Western Isles Energy in Motion, Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub, RIPEET, the Uist Local Energy Plan, Network 76 in Motion and Community Power Outer Hebrides. I’ve also enjoyed contributing to CES’s work on policy and planning for internal strategy.

In my spare time I love being active and exploring the outdoors. Trudging up hills, hunkering down in bothies and getting an early morning surf in are favourite activities. I moved to the Western Isles during lockdown in 2020 so have done a lot of exploring over the last few years and enjoy learning about the history, language, music and wildlife of the Islands.

Tìoraidh an-dràsta! 


Phone: 01851 707881/07717 156414

Angus Hardie

Originally trained as an accountant, Angus changed direction and retrained in social work before working on a number of community led regeneration initiatives during the 1980s in the large housing estates that sit on the fringes of Edinburgh.

In the early ’90s he worked in schools with a focus on improving home-school relationships before moving to a city-wide post with a focus on the integration of services for children and families across Edinburgh. More recently, he was responsible for establishing Development Trusts Association Scotland and worked as CEO.

He is currently Director of Scottish Community Alliance, a group of national community sector networks which has been formed to advance the community agenda in Scotland.

Donald Boyd

Donald has been involved in work to develop several community energy projects in and around Huntly & District. Projects range from micro-hydro, community-led wind, joint venture wind and solar PV. His MSc in Infrastructure Engineering has given him experience in sustainability projects in the Netherlands and Guatemala and he’s a Chartered Valuation Surveyor.

Suzy Goodsir

Suzy is Chief Executive of Greener Kirkcaldy, a community-led charity and development trust in Fife.

She has worked in the voluntary sector since 2011, developing ideas into deliverable projects and finding the resources needed to put them into practice. She previously worked for Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Institute of Sustainable Technology, a research consultancy, where she specialised in carbon and sustainability evaluation.

Greener Kirkcaldy leads the Cosy Kingdom partnership, providing a home energy advice service across Fife. The charity is a member of Community Energy Scotland and one of the participants in the Community Energy Futures programme.

Annabel Pinker

Annabel is a social anthropologist based at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2011, and has held postdoctoral posts at CRESC, University of Manchester and ILAS, University of London. Her research has focussed on social, political, and technological change in Latin America and in Scotland – particularly in local and community-based settings.

From 2014-16, she formed part of the EU project, Towards European Societal Sustainability (TESS), researching community-led transition initiatives in Scotland. In 2015, she began a three-year Leverhulme Trust fellowship exploring the effects of energy decentralisation and local participation in wind power schemes across several sites in Scotland, but with a particular emphasis on the Isle of Lewis. The research considers how local actors navigate existing regulatory, political and technological dynamics in pushing forward off-grid and community-owned turbine projects, or in negotiating meaningful local benefits arising from large-scale commercial windfarms.

Philip Revell

Philip’s background is in engineering, with his interest always having been in renewables and ‘appropriate technology’. For nearly 40 years he has been involved with a range of environmental and community projects, including work with peasant farmers in Zimbabwe, time running courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology and, since moving to Scotland in 1990, various projects in East Lothian. He is a founder member and currently Projects Coordinator for Sustaining Dunbar (a Development Trust, CES member and part of the Transition Network) and is also currently Chair of the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network and a researcher for the EU ‘Towards European Societal Sustainability’ project.

David Somervell

David Somervell trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art, before joining Heatwise Glasgow as Technical Services Manager. He was appointed as first Energy Manager at the University of Edinburgh in 1989 and has had roles most recently as University Sustainability Adviser in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Since stepping back from that role this March he retains an association with Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

David was closely involved in the first three Combined Heat and Power energy centres at Edinburgh with grant support from the Community Energy programme in 2002-6. Altogether over £30m will have been invested in this low carbon technology by 2017.

Frank Atherley

After a long career in education Frank retired as Academy Principal at sixty and moved to Knoydart where he has served as a Director of the Knoydart Foundation and is currently Chair of the Knoydart Community Association, a member of the South Knoydart Community Council and after a number of years as a Director, is now Chair of Knoydart Renewables, the electricity generation and distribution company serving the Knoydart Peninsula. Frank has been a governor of too many schools to mention, sat on various health bodies and has had a fair degree of past political involvement. Much of Frank’s work in the past has been in the area of public finance and the public/political interface. Frank is now overseeing Knoydart’s Energy Security Project in his role on the Board of Knoydart Renewables. Outside his professional interests, Frank has been active in environmental and outdoor pursuits and carries out some scientific consultancy work.

Victoria Mackay

In my role as Projects Operations Manager, I am responsible for coordinating and managing the delivery of CES’ portfolio of projects – a role which allows me to be involved in a wide range of interesting and challenging projects, which is great for someone like me who values variety in their day to day working life.

I have extensive experience in project management in the public and third sector, whether supporting and advocating for communities in areas of high fuel poverty, working directly with community organisations to develop their capacity and knowledge around renewable energy, or carrying out low carbon heat feasibility assessments.

I have a BSc in Earth Science and an MSc in Hydrogeology and maintain a keen interest in the planet, its processes, and the ways in which we impact it. Community-based action and the ability to manage and control energy locally is crucial to the growth of renewable energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and I am keen to see real progress being made to meet the very challenging heat decarbonisation targets that have been set in the coming years.


Phone: 07810 855536

Rona Mackay

My responsibilities are HR, running the Board and Management Team and ensuring a well organised, coherent overall approach to delivery of all our operational projects.  

I have a great deal of experience in community renewables, supporting community groups through major political, regulatory and funding changes. An achievement I’m particularly proud of is forming a local community partnership to deliver Uist Energy in Motion.  I conceived this project to remove barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles in Uist and make electric vehicles more accessible, tackling fuel poverty related to road transport and reducing carbon emissions.  

Recently I managed Community Energy Scotland’s contract with the Energy Savings Trust to deliver community engagement for the COBEN project in Oban and Barra & Vatersay.  I led on the study of opportunities for communities from Surface Water Source Heat Pumps in the Lochmaddy Warmth from Water project, and worked with Lochboisdale Amenity Trust on their Warm Homes project looking at the potential for district heating from wind.  

I was responsible for Community Energy Scotland’s contracts with the Big Lottery and HIE, coordinating teams delivering tailored support on renewables to community groups, and managing the fund distribution for the Community Renewable Energy Support Programme. Through my contract management role, I led the design and roll-out of Interactive Coaching Sessions; telephone conferencing for remote community groups to take forward their projects in support of each other.  

Supporting 5 large wind projects in the Western Isles has played a major part in my role, helping them towards planning permission and managing contracts on their behalf with consultants.  

I led a Community Energy Scotland team working with the Open University to create an educational resource for community micro-renewables projects, and I also wrote and edited sections of the Scottish Government Community Renewable Energy Toolkit 

I’m passionate about the environment & climate change and always have been since I was a youngster. When I joined the Third Sector straight after Uni I felt a new passion for community. Working for Community Energy Scotland gives me the perfect opportunity to work for both. Originally from Glasgow, I fell in love with island life, the people and wildlife in the Western Isles. Living in a small rural community means people have to be adaptable, resilient and tackle their own problems. It’s the same working for Community Energy Scotland, although everyone has their own personal drivers, we share our devotion for community and environment. 

We have a highly skilled and diverse team, many of whom are new to community energy so with 13 years of experience in Community Energy Scotland I bring the story and past learning to our team. 

My main hobby is crofting, we keep around 20 Hebridean sheep on a boggy croft which requires regular ditching (possibly the most satisfying task in the world). My husband comes from a long line of crofters but isn’t up for carrying on the tradition so I’ve raised two children to help me round up the sheep! I’m currently Chair of Sealladh Hiort, a Charity developing a St Kilda viewing centre in North Uist. I love this project as it will create a great local resource for all ages and much needed economic development. 


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