About us

Balancing People and Environment.

Established in 2007 the Crichton Carbon Centre is a unique blend of academia and applied work.

We are an environmental not-for-profit (SC038915) organisation based in Kirkgunzeon in southwest Scotland.

Our strong scholarship base keeps us at the forefront of current knowledge, enabling us to provide advice that is built on the most up to date information and understanding. We undertake grant funded projects and commercial commissions, working with individuals, communities and a wide range of organisations, including businesses, social enterprises, schools, colleges, universities and public institutions.

Our team

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Dr Emily Taylor
General Manager
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Gillian Godfrey
Finance Officer

Dr Emily Taylor heads up the Carbon Centre and oversees all of our projects. Emily is a peatland specialist. She has developed, and is delivering, the highly popular Peatland Action Restoration Events throughout Scotland.

Gillian has worked  for the Carbon Centre for many years. She keeps everything running smoothly in the background and is involved in all of our projects.

Jack Barton
Project Officer
Anna Basley
Peatland Project Officer
Jack is a keen naturalist and environmentalist and has experience working for conservation NGO’s across the UK. Passionate about Dumfries and Galloway, Jack will be supporting our work for Peatland ACTION and helping to develop and deliver the Carbon Centre’s other projects
Anna takes the lead on the centre's peatland restoration projects undertaken on behalf of Peatland ACTION. She brings her expert knowledge of soil science to the team.
Lewis Robertson
Peatland Project Officer

Lewis has a passion for Peatlands and brings his experience of working with environmental conservation charities from across the UK to the team. Lewis will be supporting our work for Peatland Action and helping to develop and deliver the Carbon Centre’s other projects

Carys Mainprize
Project and Communications Officer &
Biosphere Explorers
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Carys has experience with environmental education and creative writing, and a passion for tackling climate change. She is currently in charge of our communications and our environmental education programme, Biosphere Explorers 2.
Kerry Morrison
Peatland Connections Officer

Kerry has a background in socio-ecological art with a focus on  people’s connection to nature. In 2011 she Co-founded In-Situ, an organisation linking people and places with ecology, wellbeing, education and alternative futures. Kerry brings this knowledge and practice to Peatland Connections. 

Greer Blackadder
Office Manager

Greer is our Office Manager supporting all aspects of the Crichton Carbon Centre work and assisting to deliver a wide range of projects, building the team and developing new opportunities.

Our trustees


The Crichton Carbon Centre is governed by a board of voluntary trustees who guide the direction of the centre and oversee decisions. They are:


Dr. Mary-Ann Smyth, Chair

Gillian Khosla

Professor David Clark OBE, FAcSS

Additional input is provided by Alice Campbell, Associate Director and Dr. Rachel Dunk, Fellow.