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The judges

Chaired by the Director, RSPB Scotland Anne McCall, learn more about the Nature of Scotland Awards judging panel.

Anne McCall

Anne McCall was appointed as the RSPB Scotland Director in May 2017.

Prior to taking on this role Anne was the Regional Director for the RSPB in South and West Scotland for almost 9 years, covering 21 different local authorities stretching from Argyll and Bute to The Scottish Borders. The regional team includes around 100 staff, supports a £4-5m annual budget and covers 28 Nature Reserves. She moved into this position following 10 years as Head of Planning and Development for RSPB Scotland working on individual planning applications and policy development. Anne has also worked for North Lanarkshire Council and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

With a strong interest in partnership working Anne has been involved with a number of different projects and small charities including Chairing the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative Board, Chair of the Coalfield Environment Initiative, Board member on the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, Board member of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Countryside Trust, Chair of the Garnock Connections Landscape Partnership Board and member of the RSPB UK Ethics Advisory Committee.

As a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute Anne was elected RTPI Scottish Convenor in 2002. She is also a former member of the RTPI UK General Assembly, Vice-convenor of the RTPI UK policy committee and was voted UK Young Planner of the year for 2002. Working with other conservation bodies under the umbrella organisation Scottish Environment LINK Anne co-ordinated the work of around 30 environmental bodies in relation to planning issues and strategic environmental assessment.

Euan McIlwraith

Euan is one of a team of presenters on BBC Scotland's Landward programme. In addition he is one of the presenters on BBC radio Scotland's highly successful radio program Out of Doors. Both programmes cover Scotland's rural agenda as well as wildlife and the environment.

Prior to joining BBC Scotland, Euan worked for the BBC natural history unit in Bristol. He worked in over 50 countries in a career that included climbing Kilimanjaro, being attacked by lions and being kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia.

Today Euan lives near Banff and includes sailing his yacht and climbing Scotland's hills as his pastimes.

"As part of my job, I am lucky enough to get out to some of the most inspirational and beautiful places in Scotland that are brimming with wildlife. The end result is often the story, and I don't always see the months and years of toil that have taken place before my arrival to make them so healthy and pristine. 

"It's a privilege to be part of an awards scheme that will now celebrate such enormous efforts and give those involved their due credit."

Euan McIlwraith, Nature of Scotland judge

Francesca Osowska OBE

Francesca joined NatureScot as CEO on 1 October 2017.

Prior to this she spent over 20 years working for the civil service, initially as an economist. Francesca moved to Edinburgh in 1997 and has held a range of posts; including; Head of Sport at the Scottish Executive / Government Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, MP; Director for Culture, External Affairs and Tourism; Director for Housing, Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games, and Director for the Commonwealth Games and Sport.  

Francesca was appointed as Director for the Scotland Office in the UK Government in January 2015. 

Francesca studied at Cambridge University where she obtained an MA in economics.  She also received and MA in European economics from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Susan Davies

Susan Davies became the Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, a conservation and education charity, in January 2019.

Immediately prior to this she was Director of Conservation with the Scottish Wildlife Trust. This followed a 25-year career in the public sector where she held senior roles with the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scottish Natural Heritage working on a wide range of environmental policy and projects at EU, UK and Scottish levels.

Susan is a zoology and environmental science graduate of the Universities of St. Andrews and Aberdeen respectively. She is Chair of the Venture Trust charity, a non-executive Board member of the James Hutton Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Sara Thiam

As Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Sara focuses on the opportunities that climate change and digital transformation can deliver for Scotland’s economy. As Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland Sara led membership growth, lifelong learning, thought leadership and STEM activity.  She is a member of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland and Board Member for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.

Sara’s career in economic development includes the Glasgow Edinburgh Collaboration Initiative and EU knowledge transfer projects designed to stimulate Scottish innovation.  Her early career in international education included the setting up of the Eurodesk youth information service subsequently replicated throughout the EU.

Sara holds a BA (Hons) in modern languages from the University of Stirling.