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    Garnock Connections

    Connecting people and places within the Landscape

Meet Our Team:

Alyson Hunter, Project Manager

Alyson Hunter, Project Manager:

As Project Manager for Garnock Connections Alyson’s role is to keep the ship running smoothly by promoting the project, supporting the team leading the 25 different projects across the landscape with our partners, communities and volunteers, celebrating successes and overcoming challenges, big and small, along the way. The scheme has an exciting array of projects covering access, habitat, community and knowledge, something for everyone to get involved, connected and sharing, whatever their interest.

Alyson has a background in practical conservation and volunteer management with a 14 year stint with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and short dabble in Countryside Rangering prior to joining the Garnock team early 2019. Having studied Zoology, and later Countryside Management, Alyson has travelled extensively in search of weird and wonderful wildlife and habitats she only saw in textbooks (pre internet degree!), although the elusive otter is still a mythical creature in her eyes until she finally gets to see one! Perhaps working as part of the Garnock Connections team will prove the otter isn’t mythical at all…

Neal Lochrie, Project Officer

Neal Lochrie, Project Officer:

The Project Officer's (Natural Heritage) role is to successfully deliver Garnock Connections natural heritage projects in a way that befits our local communities, partner organisation and the natural environment of the project area.

Neal has a background in partnership working and experience of community engagement. Before joining the team spent 8 years working in East Ayrshire as the Countryside Ranger for the Annick Valley as well as undertaking a secondment delivering the natural heritage aspects of the Dean Castle Country Park HLF Parks for People project.

Mark Litwin, Finance Officer:

Mark Litwin, Finance Officer:

Mark is the Finance Officer for Garnock Connections and assists with the financial administration and reporting of the programme.

Having previously worked in the hospitality finance, legal, and multinational corporations, he brings a strong, supportive skillset to the team.

Laura Healy Smith, Communication and Events Assistant

Laura Healy Smith, Communication and Events Assistant:

After studying Film, TV and Literature at university, Laura worked behind the scenes in television for 12 years and, more recently, as an events and communications coordinator at Channel 4 Television.

As a lifelong bird and wildlife enthusiast, it was only a matter of time before she made the switch to working in a conservation setting.

She regularly volunteers for RSPB and is excited to be working on the events calendar and social media for Garnock Connections. Laura has a real interest in community outreach in conservation and sustainability.

Iona Brown, Communication and Events Assistant

Iona Brown, Communication and Events Assistant:

Iona has joined the Garnock Connections team as a Communication and Events Assistant.

Her role is to bring together the successes of the Garnock Connections projects through a series of celebration events in its final year.

She has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for three years. Before joining the team in March 2022, she gained experience giving talks to nature enthusiasts in the Cairngorms and continues to work part-time delivering outdoor education sessions to children in Glasgow inner-city schools.

Helene Corrieu, Project Officer

Helene Corrieu, Project Officer:

Helene has joined the Garnock Connections team as Project Officer.

With a background in sustainable tourism development, Helene has a strong interest in connecting people with heritage, balancing the needs for both promotion and conservation.

After working as a Countryside Ranger at Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, Helene currently works on two landscape initiatives in the Central Belt: Garnock Connections and Climate FORTH.

You can find us here:

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Garnock Connections,
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
Largs Road, Lochwinnoch,
Renfrewshire, PA12 4JF

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