Our team

Without a crack team of enthusiastic professionals, New Caledonian Woodlands simply wouldn’t be able to deliver our valuable projects.
Andy Ross

Andy Ross
Co-ordinator

Inspired by a childhood spent amidst Canada’s positive woodland culture, Andy’s passion for the environment knows no bounds and he integrates environmental sustainability into everything he does – including two wood burning stoves to heat his house. Andy started his career in Clinical Psychology and is a fervent promoter of mental well-being and of non-clinical ways to tackle mental ill-health. In 2006 he established New Caledonian Woodlands, thereby finding a way to combine environmental sustainability and mental health; taking mental health outdoors and connecting people with their environment.

Donald McPhillimy

Donald McPhillimy

Woodland Development Officer

Donald has literally planted 1.3 million trees in his colourful life. He’s looked after trees, woods and forests all over the world- from New Zealand to Argyll, Perthshire, Fife, Lothians and the Scottish Borders. At the forefront of the environmental movement, Donald helped set up Scotland’s first community woodland at Wooplaw and was with Reforesting Scotland right from the outset. He loves getting out into the woods, coppicing, pruning, thinning, harvesting wood fuel and planting trees. Donald also practices environmental stewardship by cutting his own firewood in the Borders for his home wood stove.

Dawn Hickie

Dawn Hickie
Office Manager & Fruitful Woods Furniture Upcycling Officer

After studying architecture at Newcastle University, Dawn made forays to Fiji for a year of volunteering and life experience with a marine conservation expedition. This included journalistic reporting for the National Trust in Northumberland and was the catalyst for her finding work within the third sector.

Dawn is relishing the opportunity to learn as much as she can from her vastly knowledgeable colleagues. Her 2 cocker spaniels Boris and Oscar have become unofficial office mascots which ensure she takes full advantage of their countryside setting and the walks to and from work.

Liz Corke

Liz Corke
Carbon Journey Project Officer

After a two year stint in Leicester working with schools on environmental education, Liz was delighted to move back to Scotland and live near mountains again in Crieff. Believing that Climate Change is the biggest challenge we face over the next generation, Liz is particularly interested in community solutions and helping people overcome personal barriers to carbon reduction. With a Masters degree in environmental studies and a background in outdoor education, she spends most of her free time hill climbing and mountain biking. Liz’s house and water are heated by wood and she is saving up for a solar panel for hot water in summer.

Diarmid Baillie

Diarmid Baillie
Good Wood Project Officer

Despite formal training and a vocation in psychotherapy and counselling, Diarmid’s love of the outdoors spurred him to embark on a 6 month adventure ‘wwoofing’ and cycling around Scotland. Stumbling upon New Caledonian Woodlands, Diarmid found the perfect way to combine his professional background with an environmental approach.

Ruth Nay

Ruth Nay
Good Wood Project Officer / Resident Artist

Trained as a painter and with a background in print-making, Ruth has always based herself in an outdoor setting. With an extensive track record as an artist – including working with natural materials- Ruth has taken on this role with hallmark panache, unleashing her creative prowess with characteristic flair and passion. One of her many creations include a giant sofa in the woods and a human-shaped sculpture made out of recycled aluminium cans.

Rachael Weedon

Rachael Weedon
Fruitful Woods Development Officer

Having previously collaborated with Andy and volunteered with New Caledonian Woodlands, Rachael has hit the proverbial ground running whipping the Edinburgh office into shape and leveraging her 20 years’ experience as a project engineer. Rachael’s delighted to join an organisation with staff that share her passion for the environment and working outdoors.

Sam Gardiner

Sam Gardiner
Fruitful Woods Project Officer

Responsible for the creation of our many wonderful wooden objects, Sam brings a diverse bag of tricks, skills and experience gained in Wales and England. He has travelled all over, gaining the practical skills to back up his academic knowledge and since returning to the UK, has actively pursued a career in conservation. Keeping true to the Northerner stereotype, he likes a bit of banter.

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Megan Mackie
Occupational Therapist

Before starting with New Caledonian Woodlands Megan dreamed of combining her Occupational Therapy role with her enthusiasm for the therapeutic benefit of spending time in natural environments. Working for the Fruitful Woods and Good Wood projects has given her the perfect opportunity to do this. She has been inspired by her own personal experience of working as a volunteer for conservation and community garden projects as well as spending 6 weeks walking across the north of Spain.  She is passionate about recovery values and person-centred practice which she brings to her work with our participants. Megan provides specialised support, care, consideration and assessment for Fruitful Woods participants as part of their journey back to work.