Who We Are

Pip Tabor 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.

Ed Forrest spent almost fifteen years working with the National Trust, starting out on the Lizard Peninsular in Cornwall before moving to the Lake District in 1994 where he was based until 2007.  He moved to Dumfries and Galloway Council to work on the £4m Sulwath Connection Landscape Partnership Project, which in due course he went on to manage. He joined the Southern Uplands Partnership in 2011 working initially on the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere before moving into a wider project officer role.  His skills include securing and managing project funds; development and instigation of environmental and cultural projects; managing facilitating stakeholder’s consultations and best practice events with agencies and communities.

Sheila Adams 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 is also experienced in handling the quarterly grant claims and audit requirements of LEADER, HLF, SNH and numerous smaller grant giving organisations.

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.