Who We Are

Pip Tabor – Partnership Manager

Has been Project Manager for SUP since its creation in 1999. Prior to that he taught science in Humberside for 4 years, then in Bhutan for the next three and worked for  Voluntary Service Overseas as a Field Officer where he helped run a programme of 35 volunteers working in education, health, agriculture, construction and information technology. He undertook an MSc in Natural Resource Management at Edinburgh University and joined Scottish Natural Heritage in the Borders where he was Area Officer for 5 years before moving to SUP in 1999. He is well networked with agencies and communities across southern Scotland and is skilled in developing and managing environmental and community projects; securing project funding and advising on conservation projects.

Sheila Adams – Finance and Office Manager

Was a senior administrator with Dumfries and Galloway Council before joining environmental and heritage charity, Solway Heritage.  She worked there for 17 years before joining SUP in February 2012.  She brings to the team a robust experience in financial management having managed and administered various grant schemes, including the Landfill Communities Fund and Community Benefit from Windfarm funds.

She has a wealth of experience in handling grant claims and the requirements of a variety of different funders.  As well as dealing with the finances of SUP and SUP’s trading arm, SUP Services Ltd, Sheila is also Company Secretary and she deals with all HR requirements.

Darren Flint – Project Officer

Is currently working 3 days/week and has many years’ experience, working on both community and environment focussed projects, as well as writing guidebooks to the area. This has included the Castle Loch community buyout in Lochmaben, tree champion schools for the River Annan Trust and helping communities deliver on the ground projects identified in their Community Plans. He also has a past career with the RSPB and as a Tourism Development Officer.

Katy Ewing – Project Officer

Is a writer and artist who honed her skills in environmental communication while studying on the Environment, Culture and Communication MLitt at the University of Glasgow 2014-17. During an internship with SUP and the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere in 2019, Katy worked with communities to facilitate their recognition of the special qualities of their landscape and heritage.

The Southern Uplands Partnership is also supported by the Board of Directors who brings to the organisation a wide range of skills and experience, for more information click here.

We also have a broad network of associates that we can call upon with specialist skills in everything from GIS mapping to business development.