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.

Sara Maclean. [email protected]; 07943020374

ACT Operations Manager

Sara is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of ACT behind the scenes as well as managing the Branching Out Argyll project which includes Moving On and other outdoor health and wellbeing activities.  Sara also oversees the ACT Now project, the Argyll Beacon project (our Climate Hubs project with partners Cove Park) and the Blarbuie Ranger Team.    

Erin Kennedy. [email protected]; 07741582560

MAKI Pups 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.

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.

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.

Philippa McKee. [email protected]; 07377981934

ACT Ranger

Philippa's role is to look after Blarbuie and it’s visitors, to work with others and to offer opportunities to volunteer as well as overseeing the management and maintenance of paths and woodland. Philippa joined ACT in February 2022 and is looking forward to be able to make a positive difference whilst enjoying the outdoors and the special environment that Argyll has to offer.  

Dan Griffith. [email protected]; 07931503419

ACT Ranger

Dan works alongside Philippa, primarily at Blarbuie woodland, and his role includes maintenance jobs, co-ordinating volunteers, managing the polytunnels and organising events. You can find him at the Blether and Brew every Thursday where there's a good chance he will have an activity or quiz ready for you! 

Winnie MacDonald. [email protected]

ACT Finance Assistant

Winnie joined our Core Team in May 2022 as Finance Assistant. Based on Jura, Winnie provides administrative support for our financial and business activities.