Staff members

Steve Micklewright Chief Executive Officer

Steve is responsible for leading and managing Trees for Life so it continues to be one of the most innovative and dynamic organisations involved in forest restoration and rewilding.

Doug Gilbert Dundreggan Operations Manager

Doug oversees the management of Dundreggan. Planning new planting areas, implementing the Estate’s Deer and Forest Management Plans, liaising with visiting experts and contractors and welcoming volunteers to Dundreggan Lodge are all part of his job.

Alan McDonnell Conservation Manager

Alan is responsible for delivering our programme of major projects. These include all aspects of habitat and species recovery, plus other environmental initiatives, from concept to scoping, feasibility, delivery and review.

Colin Mackenzie-Blackman Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Colin is responsible for our communications and fundraising activity, working to ensure that individuals, communities and organisations are inspired to help rewild the Scottish Highlands.

Paul Greaves Skills for Rewilding Training Programme Manager

Paul is responsible for the management of the National Lottery Heritage Funded Skills for Rewilding project, ensuring trainees have the chance to learn new skills in horticulture, forestry, community engagement and deer and estate management.

Allan Common | Dundreggan Site Manager
Allan Common Dundreggan Deer Manager

Allan is responsible for managing the deer at Dundreggan. He also helps with conservation projects, construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment.

Jill Hodge | Dundreggan Project Co-ordinator
Jill Hodge Dundreggan Nursery Manager

Jill manages the tree nursery and helps organise tree planting and other volunteer tasks at Dundreggan. She also welcomes visitors who come to plant trees and hear about the work of Trees for Life.

Mick Drury | Field Projects Co-ordinator
Mick Drury Field Projects Coordinator

Mick organises practical tree planting and other work on the ground, monitors its success and coordinates some volunteer field work.

Fiona Holmes | Development Officer
Fiona Holmes Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project Manager

Fiona manages the Caledonian Pinewood Recovery project. She especially focuses on building relationships with landowners to help increase the ecological management of pinewoods in private ownership.

Tomas Loyante Barea  Finance Manager

Tomas is responsible for the financial management of Trees for Life, ensuring best practice is achieved and the charity is fully accountable for its financial decisions.

Laura Miller  Office Coordinator

Laura is often the first point of contact for supporters, volunteers and members of the public. She oversees the general running of the office, including HR and Health & Safety, processes merchandise orders, grove and tree dedications.

Becky Priestley | Wildlife Officer
Becky Priestley Red Squirrel Project Manager

Becky runs our Red Squirrel Reintroduction Project. She carries out habitat assessments, liaises with land owners and, most importantly, sources, catches and moves red squirrels to establish new populations.

Sarah Kent Trusts and Corporate Development Officer
Sarah Kent Grants and Trusts Fundraising Officer

Sarah is responsible for securing funding from charitable trusts and foundations. Her role includes providing feedback to funders about how their donations are helping to rewild the Scottish Highlands.

Chris Aldridge Marketing and Communications Officer

Chris manages, plans and delivers all aspects of Trees for Life’s communications and marketing, especially focusing on social media and co-ordinating online and print communications and editing web content.

Alex McLeod | Corporate Fundraising Officer
Alex Baxter Corporate Development Officer

Alex looks after Trees for Life’s key corporate partnerships, helping businesses large and small to contribute to nature and support Scotland’s wild forest.

Kat Murphy | Corporate Fundraising Officer
Kat Murphy Community Engagement Officer

Kat inspires and involves people who live close to our projects with our work. She delivers educational activities for schoolchildren and organises projects and events so people discover the wild forest and its wildlife.

James | Development Officer
James Rainey Caledonian Pinewood Recovery Project Officer

James is working on the Caledonian Pinewood Recovery project. He undertakes assessments of the ecological health and the resilience to future threats of the remaining pinewood remnants. These assessments are used to help landowners decide how they could improve their Pinewoods.

Tom Gilpin | Conservation Week Co-ordinator
Tom Gilpin Conservation Week Coordinator

Tom is responsible for running our volunteer Conservation Week programme. He manages the Conservation Week Guides and ensure the vehicles, accommodation and food is organised for the weeks. He plans the work to be done too.

Abbey Goff | Tree Nursery Assistant
Abbey Goff Dundreggan Nursery Supervisor
Abbey oversees the day-to-day work at the tree nursery. She leads on all aspects of propagation, from sowing seeds through to planting out young trees in beds, and also works with Tree Nursery Week volunteers.
Emma Beckinsale  Seasonal Nursery Assistant
Emma assists in the running of the tree nursery at Dundreggan. She helps with all aspects of nursery work including aspen propagation, seed sowing, and planting out young trees, working with the many volunteers that come on our Tree Nursery Weeks.
Janet Barcis | Accounts Administrator
Janet Barcis Accounts Administrator

Janet takes care of all our day-to-day monetary transactions. She also organises our insurance requirements.

Carol MacDonald | Administration Assistant
Carol MacDonald Office Administrator

Carol is the first voice many people hear when they call Trees for Life. She takes calls and greets visitors, while also processing orders, corresponding with donors and maintaining our database.

Board members

Murray Drummond | Board Chair, Trees for Life
Murray Drummond Chair

Murray was the Head of International Proposition Strategy at Standard Life, having joined the company in 2003. He is also a former Business Development Manager with Prudential Europe.


Peter Cairns | Board, Trees for Life
Peter Cairns

Peter Cairns is a nature photographer, filmmaker and writer with over 20 years of professional experience. Co-founder of conservation media projects such as Tooth & Claw, Wild Wonders of Europe and 2020VISION, Peter is now Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a social enterprise dedicated to communicating the potential of a wilder Scotland. Peter is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Alice Mayne | Board, Trees for Life
Alice Mayne

Alice is the Head of Recreation and Visitor Experience at Forest Enterprise England. Previously she was Lead Funding Manager at the Cairngorms National Park and she is the former Head of Operations at Trees for Life and a former Scotland Director of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

Charles Millar | Board, Trees for Life
Charles Millar

Charles has been Executive Director of the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust since he co-founded it in 2011. He is Chairman of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, an advisor to Fish Tracker and a former member of the Environmental Advisory Council of the British Standards Institution. Charles formerly worked in the environmental technology investment sector.

David Hetherington | Board, Trees for Life
David Hetherington

David has been an Ecology Advisor for the Cairngorms National Park Authority since 2005. He completed a PhD from Aberdeen University on “The feasibility of reintroducing the Eurasian lynx to Scotland” and was Project Manager of the Cairngorms Wildcat Project for three years.

David Hetherington | Board, Trees for Life
Nigel Fraser

Nigel is a Partner in the firm of Rural Property Consultants, Strutt & Parker. A Chartered Surveyor, Nigel is a land agent who manages a number of estates across the Highlands and has particular expertise in renewable energy. Nigel also manages a tourism and property business with his family in Strathglass.

Kerry Ross | Board, Trees for Life
Kerry Ross

Kerry is Director of Finance & Resources at John Muir Trust. She is a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Matthieu Hommel | Board, Trees for Life
Matthieu Hommel MSc MICFor

Matt is the Managing Director of Christie-Elite Nurseries one of the UKs largest growers of forest trees. A professional member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, Matt currently chairs the Grampian Regional Forestry Forum and represents the nursery sector in a number of ways including the Scottish Tree Health Advisory Group, the HTA and the Confor Nursery Producers Group.