About Us

Sustainability Partnerships

Our Mission

Sustainability Partnerships recognises the power of collective action: we connect groups with different sets of skills and resources in order to enable collaboration on issues related to the ongoing Climate and Ecological Emergency.

Sustainability Partnerships want to slow global warming, by turning up the heat on policy makers: to move the dial on climate action.

Sustainability Partnerships want to push the ambition and pace of climate policies: by empowering those who will be most affected.

In order to do this, we take the following approaches:

  • We are a link between disparate sustainability groups working towards shared or similar aims
  • We give the voice of young people a platform to challenge those with in power
  • We simplify the complexity of the Climate and Ecological Emergency to make them accessible to anyone and everyone
  • We influence public opinion, discourse, and narratives related to the issues and viable solutions
  • We connect scientific experts directly to less science-literate members of society
  • We enable polite, civilised, calm exchanges to lower the heat and hostility often found in these debates

If you are interested in the work we are doing, would like to discuss ideas you have for local projects or initiatives or need help finding organisations or groups in your area, or if you think you or your organisation might have skills, expertise or resources that could be helpful in the work we are doing, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Sustainability Partnerships Connection Hub, either by Email or through our Contact Form below.

Who we are

Finlay Asher

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Finlay is a Scottish Mechanical Engineer with extensive aerospace experience: designing engines at Rolls-Royce for various Airbus and Boeing aircraft. He formed an Employee Sustainability Group to challenge the corporate sustainability strategy within Rolls-Royce and to advocate that the company planned for a low-emissions future.

In mid-2020 Finlay quit his job to focus on climate action, and campaigns for increased regulation of the aviation sector in the run-up to COP26. He has a social media channel called Green Sky Thinking, and is passionate about deconstructing complex Climate and Environmental Emergency topics to make them accessible to a wider audience.

Howard Beck

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Howard is a programme manager interested in building collaborative and multidisciplinary initiatives. His focus is on outreach activities to increase understanding and engagement in climate and environmental emergency action. Over the past three years he has worked with campaigning groups on awareness-raising, education and participatory democracy.

Howard was born in Durban, South Africa, where he studied psychology and social anthropology at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. He worked in applied psychology and education research before moving to Scotland to study Artificial Intelligence. Most of his working life has been based in Edinburgh where he worked in the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute at the University of Edinburgh and later headed up the IT function at the Faculty of Advocates. Howard has also been an itinerant consultant working on international and national business IT projects.

Tom Bird

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Tom Bird is coordinating the ‘1.5 MAX’ global schools summit. He is a maths teacher at Musselburgh Grammar School, Edinburgh, with a dual qualification to teach physics.

Tom got involved with Sustainability Partnerships with a desire to use the platform which comes with teaching to push climate education and learning for sustainability. He wants to leverage partnerships in the year of COP26 to make this commonplace in Scotland’s schools.

Callum MacLellan

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Callum was born and raised in the West Highlands and studied at Edinburgh University. He was a chartered engineer for a water company in the north of England before switching to teaching.

Callum has taught around Scotland, latterly being head of science, before moving school in order to teach science in Gàidhlig. He enjoys the outdoors and photography, and he plays traditional music badly. Callum has a long-standing interest in environmental and sustainability issues.

Getting in touch


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