We have a small team of staff who manage projects and the day-to-day running of ACT.

Julie Young. [email protected]; 07920083857

ACT Development Manager.

Julie is involved in all of ACT’s projects and works with the Board to steer ACT’s core activities. Julie has been involved with ACT since the beginning (September 2013). No two days are the same and she enjoys working with great people on interesting projects to make a difference in Argyll and the Isles.

Sam Upson[email protected]; 07741582600

ACT Finance Officer

Sam joined our team in February 2019 and is quickly getting stuck in to her new role. Sam has a variety of skills and experience that she is adapting to suit the finance role in ACT. Sam is enjoying working in a small team and having different things to do everyday.

Erin Kennedy. [email protected]; 07741582560

ACT Outdoor Nursery Manager

Erin is in charge of developing the new ACT Outdoor Nursery - MAKI pups. Find out more about the project here and meet the rest of the MAKI Pups team here.

Sara Maclean. [email protected]; 07943020374

Branching Out Argyll co-ordinator

Sara manages the Branching Out project in Argyll and provides support to the teams that run the programmes.  Sara enjoys meeting and working with brilliant people and making a positive difference to people’s lives in Argyll.


Deb Baker[email protected]; 07375893064

ACT CANN Project Islay Site Co-ordinator

Deb’s role is to support the delivery of the CANN project on Islay. Her job is varied which makes it interesting and challenging. Deb joined ACT in July 2017 and likes the holistic, community-focused approach that is at the heart of all ACT’s activities.

Angharad Ward. [email protected]; 07398298496

ACT CANN Conservation Officer

Angharad's role is to provide technical skills and advice, including habitat monitoring and developing conservation action plans, in the delivery of the CANN project on Islay. Angharad joined the team in September 2020. She enjoys being outdoors and playing a role in the conservation of the beautiful Argyll islands. 

Jamie Joyce. [email protected]; 07943020241

ACT Now Project Officer

Jamie's role in the ACT Now project is to help the Mid Argyll Community adopt strategies, around the themes of food, waste and travel, to tackle climate change. Jamie joined ACT in May 2020 having previously worked as Chargehand for the Oban based ACT Argyll team in 2015.

Bek Hawkby-Whitwell. [email protected]07377981934

ACT Blarbuie Woodland Co-ordinator

Bek's role is to manage the activities and groups that use Blarbuie woodland and to keep the wood tidy and safe. Bek loves working outdoors and is passionate about conservation and wildlife. Bek joined the team in January 2021. When not at work, Bek can be found on her bike or at the beach.

Ian Dow. [email protected]; 07984449857

ACT Woodland Co-ordinator

Ian's role is part of our Saving Argyll's Rainforest project. He will draw up detailed planting plans to restore and extend existing rainforest clusters and to establish new native woodlands. He has been a Community Forester on Knoydart for the past 8 years and is passionate about native woodland ecology on the west coast. Ian joined ACT in February 2021 and is a keen mycologist and amateur astronomer.