The East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative Board is made up from representatives of RSPB Scotland, East Ayrshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and independent representatives.
In addition, our Steering Group also welcomes members from East Ayrshire Woodlands, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Forestry Commission Scotland.
Our current Board Members
Councillor Kathy Morrice (Chair), East Ayrshire Council
East Ayrshire Council was formed in April 1995. The council consists of the former Kilmarnock and Loudoun and Cumnock and Doon Valley District Councils, and the part of Strathclyde Regional Council which related to the area. The population of East Ayrshire in 2010 was estimated to be 120,240.
Councillor Kathy Morrice represents Cumnock and New Cumnock (SNP) as spokesperson for improving community health and wellbeing. Councillor Morrice is the chairperson for the East Ayrshire Coalfield Environment Initiative.
Anne McCall (Deputy Chair), RSPB Scotland
The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with partners, the RSPB protects threatened birds and wildlife so that towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. The RSPB also plays a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
Anne McCall is the Regional Director for the RSPB in South and West Scotland, an area that covers 21 different local authorities stretching from Argyll and Bute to the Scottish Borders. Prior to this, she was Head of Planning and Development for RSPB Scotland where she has worked since 1998. Anne was previously with North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
As a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, Anne was elected RTPI Scottish Convenor in 2002. She is also a former member of the RTPI UK General Assembly, Vice-convenor of the RTPI UK policy committee and was voted Young Planner of the year for 2002. Working with other conservation bodies under the umbrella organisation Scottish Environment LINK, Anne co-ordinated the work of over 30 environmental bodies in relation to planning issues and strategic environmental assessment.
In her role as Regional Director, she represents RSPB in a wide range of settings including working with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network, the Commonwealth Games Environment Forum, and sitting as a Board member on the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, The Loch Lomond Countryside Trust, the Coalfield Environment Initiative and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative.
Arthur Keller, Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Natural Heritage is funded by the Scottish Government to promote, care for and improve the natural heritage of Scotland, to help people enjoy it responsibly, to enable greater understanding and awareness of it, and to promote its sustainable use, now and for future generations, supporting the mission: “All of nature for all of Scotland.”
Arthur Keller is an Operations Manager in SNH with responsibility for projects and partnerships in Central Scotland. He has been with SNH for more than 20 years, and has been involved in its work in planning, protected areas and grants during that period. Previously he was an environmental consultant.
Gregor Caldwell (BSc Agriculture, Dip Rur Sci), Agriculturalist
Gregor Caldwell is Principal Agricultural Officer in South West Scotland with the Scottish Government’s Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate (RPID), although he sits on the CEI Board in an independent capacity. His previous experience includes the Principal Agricultural Officer post in Southern and South Eastern Areas, Head of Industry Branch in the Scotland Office and Head of Financial Services Branch in the Scottish Executive Enterprise Department. He is also a founder member and Chairman of the Ayrshire volunteer committee for the rural charity RSABI (Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution).
His interests outwith work include agriculture, playing football, running and supporting Kilmarnock FC.