A Fresh Start for The Midlothian Climate Action Network – Meet The Team!

The Midlothian Climate Action Hub is delighted to confirm that our staff recruitment is now complete and the community-led Hub Steering Group has been formally elected!

Meet The Team

Ian Malcolm, Hub Manager

Previous to his new role as the Hub Manager, Ian was the Coordinator for the Midlothian Climate Action Network and played a key role in the successful funding application to the Scottish Government that enabled the formation of the staffed Hub. 

Naomi Knights, Community Engagement Officer

With an environmental background, Naomi has experience in environmental education and supporting the development of the community garden network across Scotland. Naomi has been working as a Volunteer Coordinator with Volunteer Midlothian – running a befriending project for the past several years and is familiar with communities and organisations throughout Midlothian.

Bruno Santos, Community Engagement Officer

Bruno joins the Hub team from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, where he coordinated the Climate Fringe online platform, as well as a Scotland-wide community-led climate festival. He is currently the Logistics officer for the Edinburgh Climate Festival and has been active in various projects around migrant rights, food justice and climate action in the past.

The Hub Steering Group

On the same day final interviews for the Hub’s team were taking place in Dalkeith last December, the members of the Hub’s Steering Group were being formally elected in Penicuick.

Community group members enjoy a meal after the conclusion of staff interviews and election of the Hub Steering Group
Community group members enjoy a meal after the conclusion of staff interviews and election of the Hub Steering Group

The Midlothian Climate Action Hub’s newly elected steering group members include:

  • Julian Holbrook, Chairperson from Damhead Climate Action
  • Julia Pennycuick from Midlothian Wildflowers 
  • Douglas Strachan from One Dalkeith Community Development Trust
  • Chris Sydes from Penicuik Community Development Trust
  • Sharon Hill from Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust
  • Jenny Maddalena from Rosewell & District Community Council 
  • Xica Dabin-Debono from The Glencorse Association 
Our chair, Julian Holbrook, signing the Terms of Reference for MCAN

What’s next for the Midlothian Climate Action Hub?

The Hub’s early priorities for this year will be focused on understanding local needs and reaching out to local groups.

This includes a mapping exercise to fully understand the needs, challenges and ambitions of Midlothian’s community groups and organisations, and how they can best be supported and empowered. To support this activity and introduce the Hub to the local communities, four outreach events will be taking place across Midlothian in February and March.

We will release information on these very soon, so make sure to keep an eye out and follow the Hub’s brand new social media!

To get in contact with Midlothian Climate Action Network, email them at hub@midlothianclimateaction.org, or visit their website here.

Article authored by Bruno Santos.