Who we are

Gazelle Buchholtz, Associate

Gazelle is involved in communication centered on environmental subjects. She has experience as project manager at an Agenda 21 office and projects engaging people in sustainability. She is passionate about writing and diving into the processes of creating captivating text.

Gazelle’s current project ‘Your World in Words’ is being developed in collaboration with Dr Ann Hodson from the Education and Social Work Department at the University of Dundee and The Surefoot Effect. The project is based on workshops in creative writing and guided reading with nature and the natural world at its core.

Gazelle holds a MSc in Communication of Scientific Knowledge and a Minor in creative writing.

Pamela Candea, Associate, Managing Director

Pam CandeaPamela has been working to promote sustainable society actively since returning to a cherished ambition after a long career in the commercial world in 2007. She now works with community, public sector, and commercial organisations to help bring about change using values based methods.

A successful and experienced leader of projects, programmes, and departments, skilled in building relationships to create groups from disparate partners to deliver solutions and effect change. After receiving a Social Innovation Award from the Melting Pot in Edinburgh, and supported by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, set up The Surefoot Effect, CIC, to provide a hub for practitioners working with values-based change. Current work through Surefoot includes design and facilitation of workshops and action learning programmes, coaching and mentoring, and training of facilitators.

Liz Corke, Director

Liz CorkeLiz has been working on sustainability and climate change education in the third sector since graduating in 2008. She is currently the Learning and Engagement Manager for the Cambo Heritage Trust which provides outdoor experiences for a wide variety of people.

Liz has worked with businesses, schools, other charities and community groups to measure and reduce their carbon footprints and to deliver effective climate change communication.

Liz first became involved in Carbon Conversations in 2011 and has since facilitated several groups. She is also a commercial Carbon Conversations facilitator and Facilitator Trainer. Liz lives in Fife and loves to be outside as much as possible. She co-owns a woodland, is a keen cyclist, walker and climber and is kept busy by her two young sons.

Ben Cudden, Director   

Ben took part in a Carbon Conversations group in 2014, then trained as a facilitator, and has since facilitated five groups, in Peterborough and south London, where he lives. He enjoys working with individuals to explore practical ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

He works as a History teacher in a secondary school. He studied Middle Eastern languages and history at university and lived for periods in Syria and Iran.

Shivali Fifield, Associate

Shivali FifieldShivali is a life-long environmentalist, involved in various conservation activities in the UK and abroad. Her working career has concentrated on tackling the outcomes of poverty and inequality in the fields of substance misuse, housing, homelessness and asylum seeking in the UK.

When studying for an MSc in Environmental Sustainability,  Shivali worked with The Surefoot Effect for her dissertation: adapting Carbon Conversations for low-income households. She is now working on a PhD to develop this idea further with low-income communities in Glasgow, using deliberative workshops to become healthier, greener and resilient.

Tony Herrmann, Associate

Tony Herrmann worked as a neighbourhood  community worker for 25 years, managed a community work training organisation in Yorkshire and co-led the Government funded Yorkshire Regional Empowerment Partnership. He has a passion for working with people at all levels to help them create projects and activities to achieve their ambitions. His expertise includes community empowerment, training, evaluation and facilitation. Over the last 10 years he has increasingly focused his work to support and develop people and organisations addressing sustainability and the climate crisis.

He is a founder director of Zero Carbon Yorkshire, establishing a Yorkshire hub for Carbon Conversations and supporting other Leeds based grass roots initiatives tackling the climate crisis. He is also a commercial Carbon Conversations facilitator and Facilitator Trainer.

Osbert Lancaster, Associate

Osbert LancasterOsbert Lancaster believes new approaches, rooted in a sense of creative connection with others and the rest of nature, are essential for our communities, organisations and society to flourish. His training and advice supports people, groups and organisations to be more effective at promoting, supporting and bringing about change for good.

He draws on 20 years of working with inspiring thinkers and innovators in government agencies, community groups, businesses, universities and NGOs. Osbert is an Honorary Fellow at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh and was previously member of the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, and WWF Scotland’s Advisory Council.

Anthony Morrow, Associate

Anthony MorrowAnthony is passionate about working with the motivation, skills and creativity of individuals and communities to create the change they want to see. As a community development officer with Sanctuary Housing he supports groups to identify their needs, develop solutions and take practical action to achieve their goals. He is experienced in managing volunteers, developing and delivering training and youth mentoring amongst other things.

In 2012 Anthony attended a Common Cause Action Learning programme and was struck with how natural a values-based approach felt for him. Since then he’s enjoyed putting this approach into practice in his professional and personal life and reflecting upon the positive impact it has had – experience he is inspired to share with others.

Rebecca Nestor, Associate

Rebecca NestorRebecca is a learning and development professional, MBA and FCIPD with expertise in facilitation, leadership development, employee engagement for sustainability, equality and diversity, women’s development, and personality profiling (MBTI and TMP) for leadership and team building. As a consultant her focus is on the education sector and civil society, especially organisations working to address poverty and the effects of climate change.

Recent work includes projects for Oxfordshire’s Low Carbon Hub, Low Carbon Oxford North, Oxfam GB, several universities and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.

Kerry Riddell, Associate

Kerry RiddellKerry’s interest lies in facilitating change. She has worked in a range of contexts to develop and deliver programmes which enable people to make change to their lives, community and environment. Over the last 15 years Kerry has developed a wide range of innovative programmes focussing on environmental engagement in the UK and New Zealand. Working for The Conservation Volunteers and the NZ Department of Conservation, she established local and national projects focussing on collaborative community environmental action, health, young people, outdoor learning and citizen science.

Kerry currently works for LGBT Youth Scotland, managing a range of programmes in SW Scotland which empower lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people to be embraced within the Scottish family at home, school and in communities. She works with external partners to ensure that the services they provide value, include and support all LGBT people.


Euri Bartlome Vidal, Associate

Euri has worked in conservation projects in Swaziland, South Africa, Madagascar, the Czech Republic and Belgium. He is an experienced Carbon Conversations Facilitator and Trainer. Projects include work for the Energy and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh to set up a university-wide network of projects that reduced CO2 emissions by engaging with staff. He runs workshops about communication and behaviour change in relation to climate change. He has also attended several European conferences on social and environmental issues by invitation.

Euri is a graduate and alumni of the international educational organisation United World Colleges which is deeply committed to sustainability and a low-carbon future. The organisation was formerly sponsored by Nelson Mandela and has a presence in more than 140 countries, with an alumni network of more than 50,000 from 181 countries. Euri is fluent in Spanish and English and is conversant in French as well as Italian.

In Memory of Katherine Simpson, Director   

Very sadly, Kate passed away in August 2018.  We her colleagues and the world of climate action miss her.

Kate’s main focus was carbon management and wider sustainability since 2008 when reading Six Degrees and realising the urgency of climate change motivated her to move to Cornwall to study Renewable Energy.  Inspired by the work of Mike Berners-Lee and his call for leadership to come from everyone, along with the need for people to develop an intuitive feeling for carbon, Kate was passionate about promoting carbon literacy and empowering people to take positive, meaningful action.

Working for engineering design consultancy Sweco, Kate helped a diverse range of clients to reduce carbon.  She was seconded part time as CR&S Manager into the Anglian Water @one Alliance, pioneering leaders in infrastructure carbon reduction, as well as being the Sustainability Team Lead for the construction partnership delivering the British Antarctic Survey’s station refurbishment and redevelopment programme.  She designed and ran two water industry focussed Carbon Conversations groups at the @One Alliance.

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