Sniffer, Scotland’s charity for delivering knowledge-based solutions to resilience and sustainability issues, has announced a new chair for their Board of Trustees. Ragne Low, Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, has been elected to chair the board.

New Chair

Ragne has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015. In her role at University of Strathclyde, Ragne is responsible for external engagement and research impact. She has been working in the field of energy and climate change for over a decade, most recently as Programme Manager for ClimateXChange – the Scottish Government funded Centre of Expertise on Climate Change. Ragne comes from a public policy background, with nine years’ experience at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development.

Ragne succeeds Jan Bebbington, Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development at St Andrews. Sniffer’s Board is currently in transition with a number of new Trustees set to join in the near future. Jan Bebbington along with Janette Webb, Professor of Sociology of Organisations at the University of Edinburgh have stepped down from the Board. Colin Garvie, who owns and manages his own training and consultancy business, Step 1, will step down once his successor joins.

Commenting on her new role, Ragne said:

"I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Chair at such an exciting time for Sniffer. I am tremendously grateful to Jan Bebbington, who is stepping down as Chair, for her insight, thoughtfulness and exemplary chairing. Jan Webb and Colin Garvie are also stepping down from the Board after a long commitment to Sniffer and we are indebted to them all"

New Trustees coming soon

The new trustees will be joining Sniffer at a time when the organisation's work is growing and it is increasing its reach and impact, including collaborating with the ECCI to run the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) secretariat. The Sustainable Scotland Network is Scotland’s network for public sector professionals engaged in sustainability and climate action.

Sniffer runs a range of projects including Adaptation Scotland the national climate change adaptation programme on behalf of the Scottish Government and the secretariat for the Climate Ready Clyde initiative which is working to accelerate and strengthen the Glasgow City Region’s approach to adapting to climate change.

The Board is responsible for leadership and direction as well as monitoring the efficient running of Sniffer. The new trustees will bring significant experience in strategic leadership and other skills to support the organisation’s continuing development at this exciting time.