Jim Lee has been active in the Co-operative Movement for a number of years.He chairs the Co-operative Education Trust Scotland, a body set up by the Co-operative Movement to promote co-operative ideas in the curriculum of Scottish schools and universities. He was also Secretary of Co-operation and Mutuality Scotland Ltd which promoted co-operative and mutual solutions in Scotland working closely with Co-operatives UK. He is a member of the Glasgow and Lanarkshire Area Committee of the Co-operative Group. Professionally, Jim was a teacher.
Maryanna is a Chartered Town Planner and Environmentalist with over 19 years experienced served both in public and private sector roles. She is currently employed as a Renewable Energy Consultant with Neo Environmental, based in Glasgow.
Maryanna is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management. She is also a Trustee of the Leven Valley Development Trust, based in Fife.
Gordon lives in the town of Carluke in South Lanarkshire. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1987 with a BSc degree in Environmental Health and went on to obtain a Diploma in Environmental Management & ISO 14001 Auditing. Gordon is a Chartered member of the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment.
Gordon is currently a Chartered Environmental Health Officer working within the Pollution Control Team of North Lanarkshire Council. Part of his duties involve assessing planning applications, for amongst other things, Wind Farms and assessing any possible environmental impacts they may create.
Gordon first became interested in the work of Energy4All following a presentation they made to him as part of a planning application. As an environmentalist and regulator, Gordon is always looking for opportunities to “practice what I preach” and support sustainable development and green initiatives. The generation of safe, clean, sustainable energy for the benefit of the community giving a better than average financial return to investors seemed like a great idea and as a result, Gordon is now a member of three wind energy co-operatives. Gordon has experience sitting on a number of boards in an advisory capacity and as he lives and works within Lanarkshire he felt he would like become more involved and make a positive contribution to Spirit of Lanarkshire by joining this board.
I am a passionate advocate of community ownership of renewable energy, and that is why I decided to join Spirit of Lanarkshire as a member 2 years ago. I am an experienced manager in the not for private profit sector, having managed environmental and community development charities. I have lived in Dundee for 3 years, and have an MSc in Renewable Energy and Environmental Modelling from Dundee University, and another MSc in Rural Development from Newcastle University. Recently I have been trying to develop a community owned solar photo voltaic park in Tayside. I can be found on Twitter @helengrayshan