Our Team


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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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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Paul Bristow is the new story weaver at SCCAN, helping to find and share stories of community led action which address the Climate Emergency and help us imagine a better future rather than simply a “new normal”. Paul has worked in community development for 25 years and is currently a director / creative practitioner at Magic Torch Comics CIC, which works with schools and community groups to tell stories using comics – the organisation was recently recognised as one of Big Issue’s Top 100 Changemakers for 2020. Previously, Paul worked as a Digital Storyteller in Residence as part of a national digital learning project for the Scottish Book Trust. He also writes children’s fiction, folk tales and ghost stories – sometimes all at once.

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Heid Jerstad recently joined the events circle at SCCAN as a volunteer, as well as contributing towards the story circle with her podcasting expertise. She has a PhD working with a Himalayan community on climate change from the University of Edinburgh, and has since led a local radio station. Heid is passionate about equipping Scottish communities with the resilience needed in the face of climate change.

Joana Avi-Lorie: Sustainability, climate action and education are at the core of Joana’s work as a writer, artist, and postgraduate researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Joana found in SCCAN an opportunity to get involved with local organizations that bring people and communities together to find ways of exercising climate action and discussing projects and social/financial solutions altogether. She is proud to be a part of the team!