Meet the Surefoot team
Audrey often feels gripped to rebel against the forces destroying the natural world and wants to reach out to others who experience the deep despair, grief, guilt and hopelessness that can come with a deep love of Planet Earth so that we can share insights into what keeps us compassionate and resilient.
Audrey was a local newspaper reporter and features writer before moving into public relations and a role at the BBC Bristol (home of the Natural History Unit), where she had occasional opportunities to work with high profile nature campaigners and communicators like Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham. She was offered a newly created role as a broadcast campaigns project manager for the BBC2 series 'Restoration' - in 2002 this was a brand new type of audience voting led programming about local communities fighting to save their historic buildings at risk. Audrey supported around 70 community groups across the UK who were battling to save everything from a vast Victorian swimming baths in Manchester to a tiny wool mill at Knockando, near Aberdeen, and gained some insights into what motivated the people involved and why some campaigns were successful and others failed.
Inspired by the dedication and determination she witnessed in those Restoration communities, she took on community development role for a rural local authority and then laterly worked for a mental health charity that aims to help empower inspirational people who are managing their severe mental health issues using self care planning techniques.
Audrey has campaigned on a range of animal welfare and environmental issues since she was a teenager and has been very grateful for the help to manage strong emotions that she's received from a peer support programme for the friends and family of alcoholics. She's also a long time sailor who's equally grateful for the untamed wilderness of the sea.
Gazelle’s recent writing includes her fictional short story ‘Pigsty’ and a short story in two parts for Scottish Communities Climate Action Network, ‘The Egg Hunters - Part 1’ and ‘The Egg Hunters - Part 2’
Gazelle also works part-time as climate change coordinator for Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector.
Since 2007, after a long career in the commercial world, Pamela has returned to a long-cherished ambition, working to promote sustainable society. 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, she now works with community, public sector, and commercial organisations to help bring about change using values-based methods.
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.
Climate friendly action in everyday life
"I keep and wear my clothes for a long time and go to second hand shops by preference when I need clothing. I try very hard to only buy new clothes when I have to (I do buy new underwear and socks :D). I have used a renewable energy provider for quite some time. When Surefoot travels to Switzerland to do facilitator training we take the train for 2 days each way – amazing scenery and we can stop in Paris for lunch at an amazing vegan raw food restaurant. I eat a vegetarian and dairy free diet, and I am enjoying learning to grow my own vegetables. My favourite holiday spots are in Scotland."
As a trained Carbon Conversations facilitator, she went on to found HeatHack, a volunteer group that helps building operators understand thermal comfort, heat loss, and how to know if a heating system is operating efficiently.
HeatHack is currently devising a set of exercises that will help the operators understand their premises, think about their buildings’ lower carbon futures, and create a thermal profile that can be passed to professionals to give them more certainty about what to do with these difficult but important community spaces.
Liz first became involved in Carbon Conversations in 2011 and has since facilitated many 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, loves walking, playing football and having adventures with her two young sons.
Climate friendly action in everyday life
"In my family we eat vegetarian except locally stalked venison. We switched to an electric car 3 years ago and have solar PV panels and solar water heating. We have a biomass central heating system which we fuel with wood from our own woodland. We have decided not to fly and holiday in the UK. We try and buy secondhand as much as possible, especially toys and clothes and have a local organic veg box."
Climate friendly action in everyday life
"I use my bike wherever I can. And I've been quite committed about avoiding flying.
I've had to fly for work occasionally, but I haven't taken a flight for leisure since 2008."
Noble Ox attracts clients from the cultural to conservation, environmental and renewable energy sectors. In 2012, Pamela Candea commissioned Noble Ox to help define and differentiate her good idea and bring the concept to life. The result? The Surefoot Effect.
Charlotte balances her love of the natural world and healthy, sustainable living with running Noble Ox. Sometimes, she's lucky enough to combine the above!
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.
Tony is currently coordinating a project to develop community climate action hubs in Leeds as one element of a 5-year National Lottery funded project led by the Our Future Leeds movement.
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.
Rebecca is researching the emotional experience of leaders in organisations that engage the public on climate change, has consulted to several groups and organisations in the climate field, and has been an activist for over ten years.
This is coupled with a deep understanding, through training and reflective practice at the Tavistock Centre, of the psychology of work, especially its confusing or difficult aspects - and long experience of working with groups and teams, organisational consultancy and coaching in the UK public sector, higher education and charities.
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.
He runs workshops about communication and behaviour change in relation to climate change.
Since 2016 Euri has focused his work on designing and implementing projects at European level. He has been the project coordinator of "A Tale of Two Futures", "Environmental Learning Illustrated", "Breakthrough for Resilience: People, Places, and Communities" and "Sustainability, Heritage, Health". He is also co-cordinator of the Icelandic project "Once Upon Your Time: Storytelling for Preventing Early School Leaving". Euri is coordinating the projects "Youth Forest", "Build Green", "Biodiversity Outdoor Learning", and "Biodiversity Illustrated".
All these projects aim at developing new ways to engage people in environmental issues that are fun and use the arts, walking routes, storytelling and even treasure hunts to learn about topics that range from saving energy and resources to biodiversity and what people can do to protect it.
Euri works with organisations in Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Poland, Greece, Sweden, Iceland, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Portugal and North Macedonia, and he is expanding his network of partner organisations that bring in new skills to implement initiatives and projects in environmental education, education for sustainability, climate change and resilience.
"I rarely fly for holidays, preferring to spend them near home. For the past 5 years, I have spent my summer holidays walking the "St James Way" a pilgrimage route that runs for 500 miles from the French border to the city of Santiago in North-west Spain. I have sometimes walked for a month without taking any motor transportation, but in the end, I was sorry it was not 500 miles more!
"I am looking at options to install solar panels in my house, and I have also looked into investing in green energy.”
Georgina has previously collaborated with TfL, local authorities, Semble, Power to Change, Specsavers, Community Organisers Ltd and more.
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.