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Alan Bell
Alan Bell

Alan has been involved with Trellis since 2002. He has worked at the National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean Castle and in the gardens at Holyrood Palace. In the late 80’s he worked as an advisor for the Society for Horticultural Therapy, based in Somerset but assisting projects across the UK. He went on to set up the organisation’s Scottish office, which later became Community Gardening Projects Scotland. After a period teaching abroad, Alan worked in community regeneration, specifically on environmental projects. He is currently Parks & Gardens Manager for City of Edinburgh Council.


Iain Mackintosh
Iain Mackintosh

MA, BSc, FCMI, FIBC, MBCS. Based in Perth, Iain runs his own business providing line and project management services to corporate clients, plus business administration and website development services to smaller organisations.


Colin Stirling
Colin Stirling

FIHort, NDH (Hons), MBPR (Hort. Colin is a director of HortiCS, a horticultural advisory business, He was employed by SAC as the Senior Horticultural Advisor from 1988–2002 providing an advisory service to the north and east of Scotland. He is a director of Trellis and Chairman of Pitcaple Environment Project Ltd. The latter is a registered charity providing horticultural training facilities for special needs and disabled adults in the Inverurie area. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC Potting Shed programme.


Mike Buckley-Jones
Mike Buckley

Mike is a graduate of University of Paisley, with a BA in Business Admin & Entrepreneurship, as well as being a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and a Fellow of both CMI and ILM.

His career spans the insurance industry where he held a variety of roles, laterally as a senior manager for a major “blue chip” insurer and successfully led one of the company’s largest regions to a top performing position.

While there, he was involved in implementing the organisation’s Performance-Management and Investor’s in People strategies, as well as helping bring it through a challenging merger with another key industry player.

On leaving the insurance world, he worked as a training & business development consultant, working with a range of clients and sectors. His experience also includes the Further Education sector as Business Development manager for Perth College UHI and he is currently Development Director for Freshfrontiers Consulting as well as operating as a freelance L&D consultant.

Outside of the work environment, Mike is a passionate sea-kayaker, and enjoys theatre, film, cooking and reading.


Peter Sinclair
Peter Sinclair

Following completion of Horticulture Diploma at Auchincruive, I became a Horticultural Therapy volunteer at Cyrenian Farm, Edinburgh. This experience led me to taking up a post working within the Occupational Therapy Department at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Glasgow using gardening as a therapeutic tool for clients with mental illness.

For the last 23 years Peter has had the pleasure of developing the Fife Mental Health Occupational Therapy Horticultural Therapy Service based out of Stratheden Hospital, near Cupar working with a wide demographic of clients on their road to recovery from mental illness.


John Smith
John Smith

John Smith runs a horticultural education and advice consultancy company. He previously managed and lectured at Suntrap Garden and Lifelong Learning Centre near Edinburgh on behalf of Oatridge College who he worked with for 24 years. John’s interest in horticulture has seen him working on projects as diverse as the King’s Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Pallet Gardens at Gardening Scotland. Currently a council member with the Scottish Gardeners forum he piloted the first Grow and Learn award on behalf of the Caley (Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society) after working with groups of adults and children with learning difficulties at Suntrap Garden. Having developed an interest in horticultural therapy John gained a Diploma from Coventry University in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. Now semi retired, he continues to work with various schools, colleges, community groups and individuals to promote gardening and horticulture to as wide and varied an audience as possible.


Carol Anderson
Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is an Honours Graduate from the University of Aberdeen and has spent her career as a communications professional in fundraising, PR and marketing. Her focus has always been to grow business and increase revenues.

Roles with Oxfam and Help the Aged and The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust involved creative and innovative approaches to finding new sources of income. For the last 30 years through her own consultancy The Business she has delivered a wide range of PR and marketing campaigns to a wide range of clients, including government agencies, economic development organisations, care agencies, Scandinavian window manufacturers and most recently as Director of Barbados Celtic Festival she has fused the cultures from Scotland and the Celtic countries with a Caribbean island steeped in Scottish history. This activity has grown the tourist market to Barbados from Europe and North America through music and food. She is also recently qualified in Horticulture through the Royal Horticultural Society, studying at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh augmenting her passion for gardening.


Linda Treliving
Linda Treliving

Dr Linda Treliving, MB,ChB, FRCPsych

Linda was a Consultant Psychatrist in psychotherapy for 25 years before retiring in 2013. She worked in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen mostly with adults with a history of early trauma and latterly people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder(BPD). She established a successful treatment approach in Aberdeen called Mentalization Based Therapy and since retiring continues to work with the charity MBT Scotland that she established to continue the training and supervision of clinicians across Scotland. She was founder and chair of the Scottish Personality Disorder Network funded by the Scottish Government to help people with a diagnosis of personality disorder and their carers both professional and family to establish access to treatment and tackle the stigma of the diagnosis.

She is a keen gardener and has long appreciated the psychological benefits of working in the garden.


David Knott
Currently the Curator Living Collection, RBGE. Previously Curator of Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles, and Garden Supervisor at Logan Botanic Garden, Head Gardener Castle Kennedy Gardens, Assistant Head Gardener Brodick Castle Garden, spent a year at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania. Studied at Threave Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and started his career at Branklyn Garden Perth.
 
Involved in RBGE’s contribution to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) Target 8 project work in Scotland and has undertaken fieldwork in China, Japan, Korea, and Nepal the latter as part of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Darwin project in Nepal.
 
Member of the Plant Network Board, the RHS Bursaries Committee, the RHS Woody Plant Committee, the National Tree Collections of Scotland steering group, the UK Plant Collections Working Group and the Forestry Commission’s Westonbirt and Bedgebury Advisory Committee. Currently President of the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.
 

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