Our Core Team

Our Core team are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the National Centre for Resilience. They manage everything from communications, projects, events and knowledge exchange. If you have an enquiry for any of the team please get in touch at nationalcentreforresilience@glasgow.ac.uk

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Professor Fabrice Renaud

Fabrice is the Head of the School of Social & Environmental Sustainability at The University of Glasgow, as well as being a Professor in Environmental Risk & Community Resilience. He is the Principal Investigator for The National Centre for Resilience, previously having held the position of Director of Research. Before joining the University of Glasgow, Fabrice worked for 13 years at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany (11 years) and Jakarta, Indonesia (2 years). For over a decade, he was head of the Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services section of UNU-EHS implementing research focussing on two major themes: the environmental dimension of vulnerability and risk, particularly in coastal and deltaic environments, and the links between human activities, water pollution, and the risks these pose to ecosystems and human health.

Ailsa Mackay
NCR Manager

Ailsa brings a diverse range of knowledge and skills to our team through her rich background in business development, project and programme management. She oversees our day-to-day management, strategic development, and successful delivery of our annual programme. Deeply committed to fostering safer and more resilient communities, Ailsa expertly enables collaborative cross sector projects, taking innovative and creative approaches to effectively translate theory into practical, impactful solutions to mitigate real-life challenges. Ailsa is actively involved in several resilience-building projects and has co-authored a number of academic papers on individual and community resilience building. She is also Director of a Community Interest Company, providing accessible creative art workshops to communities, and is a Trustee of DGUnlimited, the Dumfries and Galloway Chamber of the Arts.

Michelle Bloor
Research Director

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer of Environmental Science and Risk at the University of Glasgow. She is a Senior Fellow of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Public Policy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chair of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s (SETAC) Advisory Panel on Chemicals Management. She is a member of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Roster of Experts, Executive Director, Sherpa to the European Commission’s High-Level Round Table for the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, European Commission expert on chemicals, waste and pollution to support the coordination of and synergies between the Green Deal call projects, PIANOFORTE partnership’s Advisory Board member, and UK Government Chemicals Stakeholder Forum member. Michelle is also the Editor-In-Chief of Sustainable Environment journal, a member of the Taylor Francis Editorial Advisory Board, Editor of the book series Issues on Environmental Science and Technology (Royal Society of Chemistry) and UK Science Media Centre expert on chemicals, waste and pollution.

Freya Skinner
Events & Dissemination Lead

Freya combines her dynamic blend of creativity, design and project management experience to drive communication at the NCR. With a background spanning from commercial design in global business to operations management in the third sector, she leads on communications, events, and knowledge exchange opportunities. Freya has a particular interest in working collaboratively with community-based projects to bring positive change and build resilience across Scotland. Freya is passionate about accessible resources and working with the creative industries to help communicate scientific research. Beyond her role with the NCR, Freya extends her passion for art education, teaching accessible classes.

Our Steering Group

Our Steering Group comprises of resilience professionals, representatives from higher education and delegates from the Scottish Government. With a wide range of experience across community resilience, natural hazards, scientific research and emergency planning. These members offer their expertise, insight and extensive networks to significantly contribute to the work of the National Centre for Resilience. The group play a pivotal role in advising on the strategic direction of our research centre. Additionally, each year, members participate in our funding panel for projects, ensuring a robust and informed decision-making process. 


Ian Lisk

Ian is the Principal Strategic Relationship Advisor at the Met Office and currently vice-chair of the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP). He has worked in the operational multi-hazards national resilience sector since getting involved in the Met Office’s response to the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland in 2010. Ian was also involved in the establishment of the NCR and has represented the NHP on the Steering Group ever since.

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Carol Raeburn

Carol is the director for The Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) an independent organisation which supports individuals and communities at risk from flooding. Carol is an experienced resilience education practitioner living and who has lived and worked in the Perth area for the last 15 years. Before her role with SFF Carol worked for the RNLI as their Senior Youth Education Manager. Increasing awareness of risk amongst young people has been central to her career as a passionate advocate of water safety messaging.

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Anne Marte Bergseng

Anne Marte works for ClimateXChange, Scotland’s centre of expertise connecting climate change research and policy, based at the Edinburgh Climate Change Institute. She is a climate change adaptation specialist who manages research projects on building resilience and creating social change in the face of the climate emergency. She is also a knowledge exchange expert who uses her 20+ years’ experience from media, corporate communications and facilitation to work across ClimateXChange’s portfolio to connect research and Scottish Government policy-making.

Douglas Taylor

Douglas Taylor is the Senior Stakeholder Manager for Devolved Administrations at The Met Office. Douglas works for The Met Office and is responsible for managing key stakeholder relationships across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A key area of focus for Douglas is ensuring that The Met Office is supporting stakeholders with its range of climate expertise, resource and knowledge. Douglas has previously worked in defence and offshore energy related roles in The Met Office.

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Martin Ogilvie

Martin is the Resilience and Community Safety Manager at Dumfries and Galloway Council and represents the West of Scotland Resilience Partnerships on our Steering Group. With many years of experience in resilience and emergency management. Martin was an advisor to the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Scotland, with contingency planning for a "no-deal" Brexit and then with Covid-19. Previously Martin was Chief of Staff of a Governorate Team administering a province in southern Iraq, worked with Emergency Response Team, DfID and was responsible for: daily horizon scanning for international disaster and conflict activity. His operational experience includes response to a catastrophic earthquake in Turkey (1999) and in Central Mozambique to organise operations and lead a UK waterborne search and rescue operation in response to catastrophic nation-wide flooding in 2000.

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John Rees

John is Chief Scientist for Multi-hazards and Resilience at the British Geological Survey and has research interests in the characterization of multi-hazards in relation to environmental change and associated risks. Previously he worked for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) where he was responsible for building trans-disciplinary research and partnerships relating to the Resilience to environmental shocks and hazards portfolio of the UK Global Challenges Research Fund. Before this he was both the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Risk Research Champion and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Natural Hazards Theme Leader. In the latter role he led the UN Major Group for Science and Technology leading up to the Sendai Framework.

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Lester MacDonald

Lester Macdonald is our representative from the Scottish Government.

Our Partner Agencies

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