Sniffer is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. It was set up in 1994. The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance and strategy, and our activities are undertaken by our staff based in Edinburgh.
Professor Jan Bebbington
Jan is Chair of the Sniffer Board and Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development at University of St Andrews. She qualified as a chartered accountant before pursuing an academic career. Jan is actively engaged in connecting academic research into sustainable development and practices in industry, non-profit and political organisations, and was Scotland Commissioner on the Sustainable Development Commission between 2006 and 2011.
Ruth Wolstenholme, MD
Ruth has grown Sniffer from a small environmental research coordinator role in the early 1990s, to the climate resilience knowledge broker that it is today. She enjoys working for a small company that brings people with different perspectives together to find creative solutions, and sees climate resilience as key to tackling many challenges worldwide. With a background in consultancy and having worked with environmental agencies Ruth is focused on making change happen by working in partnership, developing tools and building capacity.
Colin is a Chartered Accountant and has for the last 20 years managed his own training and consultancy business, Square 1, acting as a non-executive director and external consultant to a variety of businesses in both the UK and Europe. He also provides a wide range of professional training courses to clients in both private and public sectors. Prior to operating his own business, Colin worked for 3i plc.
Professor Janette Webb
Janette works at the Institute of Governance, School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her reasearch focus is on sustainable energy and communities, looking at urban energy governance and business organisation, the connection between city-scale low carbon energy projects, and global energy and financial markets.
She is a member of the Scottish Government Expert Commission on District Heating and has until recently served as Non-Executive Director of the Board of NHS Health Scotland (2003-2011). Janette was a founder member of the NHS Scotland network for Sustainability, Health and Equity.
Richard is Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland. He was Director of WWF Scotland from 2005 to 2012, following roles as Head of Policy at WWF Scotland and Head of Research at Friends of the Earth Scotland. During this time Richard has covered issues from air quality and bathing water to chemical pollution and waste policy, and is currently engaged with climate change policy.
Ragne is Project Manager for ClimateXChange - Scotland's centre of expertise connecting climate change research and policy, and works to provide an evidence base for Scottish Government policy making through timely and objective research and expert advice, and to promote knowledge exchange between the research community and policy-makers. Ragne comes from a public policy background, with eight years’ experience of working in central government, and more recently has also worked in climate change consultancy.
David Dunsire, Company Secretary
David is executive partner of Tods Murray LLP. His main areas of practice are in company law and corporate finance.