Our Team

SCCAN CIC Board

Philip Revell is the SCCAN CIC Board Convenor. Philip is a wood-fire potter, independent researcher and community activist with long-standing interests in community-led development, renewable energy and climate action. He is a founder member of Sustaining Dunbar a community development trust with an explicitly green agenda and part of the global Transition Network. He is also on the boards of Community Energy Scotland and Scottish Community Alliance.

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Eva Schonveld is a SCCAN Board Member and climate activist, process designer and facilitator, supporting sociocratic system development, decision-making and facilitation in a range of contexts including XR Scotland. Starting work in the arts, she went on to co-found Scotland’s first Transition town and city, networked to inspire the Transition movement across Scotland, and was commissioned by the Scottish Government to establish and manage Transition Scotland Support. She has co-founded Starter Culture, which focuses on the marginalisation of the inner dimension including working on supporting more relational ways of doing politics in Scotland. She is also co-founder of Heartpolitics which addresses the interconnected social and environmental threats that arise from dividing humans from the wider ecology, and from dividing our minds from our hearts. Eva is currently working on a fractal Grassroots to Global process which aims to connect open-hearted listening and creative culture re-design processes with a global citizens assembly.

David Somervell is a SCCAN Board Member and the Convener of Transition Edinburgh – the community-led local initiative advocating for a #JustTransition to a fairer, zero carbon capital city by 2030. He is also a Director at Community Energy Scotland and a former University Sustainability Adviser in the Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh. David’s main interests are Low Carbon technology, community energy and district heating.  Contact David

Pamela Candea is a SCCAN Board Member and founding Director of The Surefoot Effect, CIC. Pam is a specialist in the training of group work facilitation, running personal resilience workshops and assisting community groups with defining and implementing their values into their work. Pam also works with corporates to lower their carbon impacts and she is a Natural Change facilitator, a programme offering transformative experiences of nature. Her company Surefoot is the receiver of an award for Social Innovation from The Melting Pot, Edinburgh for an e-learning programme and a graphic novel about the Climate Emergency.

Alison Stuart is a solictor and lecturer in law specialising in international human rights law and employment law, specifically equality law. Alison Stuart and Erik Dalhuijsen set up Aberdeen Climate Action in late 2014. In the last 3-4yrs the organisation has grown to a regular 25 volunteers, with a monthly climate cafe. We were pivotal in creating Climate Week North East and Alison coordinate and manage this annual 10 days of events with over 60 partners throughout Aberdeen City and Shire. Alison wanted to join the members circle because it’s vitally important that we all work and support each other to make a better green world a reality.

Pat Abel is a SCCAN Board Member. She is also on the Board of Transition Edinburgh, Nourish Scotland and Transition Edinburgh South, and she is a Sustainable Edinburgh Food City
Memberand part of the slow Food Edinburgh Committee. Pat is a Former president of the Edinburgh Businesswomen’s Club and is interested in strategic planning and health related topics, sustainable growing and healthy food.
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SCCAN Team

Jean-Matthieu Gaunand is SCCAN Network Weaver, whose job is to help build the skills, capacity and resilience of SCCAN’s membership, support networking and learning and support volunteers to run and develop the network. Based in Edinburgh, he started working at SCCAN in 2018 and is an Alumni from Edinburgh University in Environmental Management. Jean-Matthieu has always been determined to work in a field related to the environment. 

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Katharina Bouchaar is the Project Weaver at SCCAN, coordinating SCCAN projects and watching over that SCCAN aims are being implemented. Katharina is an expert in Zero Waste & Zero Carbon project development, international project management and Monitoring & Evaluation. She is also a Member of the Board of the Edinburgh Remakery. Katharina is a quadrilingual holder of an MSc in Environmental Management and an MA in European Studies as well as an aspiring Shiatsu practitioner.

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Based in Tayport, North East Fife, Kaska Hempel has worked in climate communication and digital community storytelling for 5 years, with PLANT group, Tayport Community Trust and with Transition University of St Andrews. She supports community bloggers and produces PLANT Voices podcast and has helped deliver podcasting training with SCCAN’s Future Voices project.

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Joana Avi-Lorie has been collaborating with SCCAN since June 2020 as Event Coordinator. She is a research student at The University of Edinburgh, exploring how eco-themed fictional stories can help mitigate eco-anxiety and promote climate disaster resilience in children. She is also a writer and a visual artist working on several projects that present climate awareness through adventure, mystery, and myth for young audiences.

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Volunteers

Jessica Arthur: ‘Hello I’m a recent BSc graduate in Zoology. I enjoy working in community engagement, I joined SCCAN a few months ago to help out with the social media pages and to put my skills to use by sharing community climate action. I now run the Instagram account so most of the posts on here will be from me. I also check the Instagram messages for SCCAN so please get in touch with any relevant news, events or questions you have! I haven’t been a member of SCCAN for a long time but working in the communication circle has been very rewarding as everyone works so hard to better SCCAN and bring exciting and relevant content to our members!’

Issi Steeley ‘Hi my name is Issi and I am one of SCCAN’s volunteers. I started in October 2020 as an event coordinator and I have since also joined the communication team as their lead facilitator. I have loved my time with SCCAN, working with an incredibly passionate team and having the opportunity to learn about community action. The work SCCAN does in bringing people together to skill share and tackle climate change is extremely important and I am proud to be a part of it.’

Reem Elsapagh Hi, my name is Reem and I have been a volunteer with SCCAN since January 2021! I am part of the welcoming circle and the events circle. Working with SCCAN is incredibly rewarding and I am honoured to work with a group of extremely passionate and friendly people in our mission to support communities with their climate action and creating a better Scotland.’