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.
Ben works within the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM), focusing on increasing the use of renewable energy technologies. Previously roles include implementing ISO 50001. Ben lives on the southside.
Paul previously worked at a Glasgow based architectural practice. Paul is currently converting an old building in to his dream family home, so understands the practical approach required to making energy saving improvements at home.
Matt works as Director of Research & Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, within the Uni of Strathclyde’s Business School. His research examines the policy & market conditions necessary to accelerate low-carbon energy technology & business models.
Karlene is a qualified civil engineer who works for the Development Trust Association Scotland. She is passionate about helping people to make healthy and sustainable travel choices and supporting communities to realise their ambitions.
Senior energy officer
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.
Helen is a southsider and Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables for heat and small-scale renewables. She loves the outdoors and is a keen Munro bagger. Helen lives in a top floor tenement flat and is always looking for ways to keep warm.
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.
Tool library officer
Jo has installed energy-efficiency measures, including wall insulation and secondary glazing, in her tenement by hand. She has first hand experience of the tools needed to make a southside home more energy efficient.
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.
Trustee, staff liaison
Alan is a longstanding Southsider and a keen supporter of community engagement and the environment. Alan holds industry experience in energy, services, carbon reduction and organisational change. On behalf of the South Seeds trustees he has taken on the role of staff liaison officer
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.