Growing a Greener Glasgow

Our People

South Seeds was formed in 2011 by a group of people who all wanted to make a difference to the local community and the wider environment on the Southside of Glasgow. Here is a little information about some of the people who are currently involved. If you would like to take part as well, then please get in touch.

Karlene Doherty


Karlene is a qualified civil engineer who specialises in active travel and manages a social enterprise consultancy. She is passionate about helping people to make healthy and sustainable travel choices and supporting communities to realise their ambitions.

Jola Dolewska

Energy officer (part time)

Jola has been making her southisde tenement flat, more energy efficient. Before South Seeds, she had worked for various community and homelessness prevention projects in Edinburgh and other locations in the UK and abroad. Jola also pursues her career as a visual artist.

Martin Sanden

Energy officer (part time)

Martin was a founder member and trustee of South Seeds. Now he has retired from governance responsibilities, he has joined South Seeds as a energy officer, sharing much of his valuable experience of keeping warm in southside tenements – over five at the last count.

Helen Melone


Helen works as a research and information officer for Energy Action Scotland, the national fuel poverty charity. She loves the outdoors and is a keen Munro bagger. Helen has lived in a top floor tenement flat in the south side for over ten years.

Joe Smith


Joe is an accomplished handyman who can make outdoor raised beds or hang a clothes pulley. Joe lives locally, so has a short travel time to jobs and understands how energy saving measures work in a Victoria tenement flat.

Amy Braddick


Amy has lived in the Southside for five years and works as the Sustainability Reporting Manager for Weir Group. Amy focuses on projects related to energy efficiency, low-carbon heat and the circular economy. Amy is also an assistant Scout leader.

Jo Hartga

Waste and transport officer

Jo has installed energy-efficiency measures, including wall insulation and secondary glazing, in her Govanhill tenement by hand. Jo is currently on maternity leave and plans to return in February 2019.

Frankie McCarthy

Trustee, treasurer

Frankie is a qualified Scots lawyer, now working as a legal academic at the University of Glasgow. She researches property law, including community land access and property theories that focus on ownership as a source of community responsibilities. She is a happy Southside tenement resident.

Simon Morris

Trustee, chair

Simon specialises in energy efficiency and carbon management at Ricardo Energy & Environment. He is passionate about supporting communities, households and businesses to reduce their impact on the environment, and is a keen gardener and beekeeper.

Iain Paterson


Iain has recently moved to Glasgow after working as a busy handyman and gardener in Argyll for many years. Since coming back to Glasgow he has been studying furniture making, while building up a portfolio of  handyman and deliveryman (he has his own van) jobs .

Alan Smith

Trustee, staff liaison

Alan is a longstanding Southsider and keen supporter of environmental matters. Alan works to develop renewable energy at the Wood Group plc. Alan has taken on the role of board staff liaison officer on behalf of South Seeds trustees.

Lucy Gillie

General manager

Lucy managed the Community Voices Network for the Scottish Government. She has 20 years’ experience working with communities to tackle health, regeneration and environmental issues. Lucy’s previous roles include, local food officer at the Soil Association.