Our people

Our people

Our staff team

Alison Motion, Scotland Director

A qualified primary teacher, Alison has 24 years of education experience in a variety of settings – from teaching, running a research project, managing an out of school care project, and as Education Manager with the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET). All of her roles have involved her need to get children outdoors, providing good quality learning opportunities from 3-18 in a practical, hands on basis.

Outside of work she is keen to be outdoors too – walking, biking or helping out with the Duke of Edinburgh award at her children’s high school. An avid reader, books are demolished on a regular basis. Experimenting with recipes also rates highly on her list of things to do with a special focus on great Scottish produce – a definite product of working with farmers in a previous life.

Steve Moizer, Development Officer

Steve has extensive experience of working with early years settings, primary and secondary schools to transform and use their spaces.  Over ten years he has facilitated an extensive range of GfL projects giving him valuable insight into how schools work and what support they need.

He brings 14 years solid project management experience working with schools and the community to enhance their environment.  He has worked for BTCV (the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) developing and implementing conservation programmes with volunteers and for Groundwork where he led several community regeneration programmes.

Steve places strong emphasis on the participation of children in his projects and has two young children of his own.

Clare Rooney, Project Officer (Polli:Nation)

Clare joins us from RSPB and the Glasgow Science Centre, where she gained wide experience of taking children outdoors, and enthusing about science. A qualified secondary teacher and Forest Schools practitioner, Clare picks up the baton of our Natural Play Project.

Clare is often up early - either with her two small children, or trying to see the elusive Capercallie or other wildlife in thier natural habitat.

Matt Robinson, Training and Development Officer

A qualified secondary science teacher, Matt brings a depth of understanding to our training programmes. A passion for introducing young people and children to real adventures and exploring nature has driven his work in outdoor centres for over 15 years. Matt also taught in a number of schools in Sheffield and Rotherham, honing his classroom management skills and reasons to teach outside whenever possible.

Matt leads much of our INSET and long term training courses, writing programmes and avoiding powerpoint where possible. As the resident geek, Matt also looks after much of our social media and GfL newsletter.

When not at work, you will likely find Matt and his three boys canoeing the local rivers, or disappearing into the hills on a bike.

Gordon MacLean, Early Years and Parenting Officer

Gordon has worked with children and young people in a variety of roles over the years. He began working with children while he was in High School which led to him studying primary teaching at university. He has also worked at multi-sport activity camps and in Out of School Care settings as a practitioner and coordinator.

Gordon is also chairperson and volunteer of Grow 73, a local community growing project in his home town of Rutherglen. He is very enthusiastic about the outdoors and the environment, he believes that all children should have the opportunity to explore and engage with these as they grow.

Gordon enjoys taking his dog for long walks around the country, wild camping and cycling.

Jill Stewart, Finance and Office Admin

Jill has spent the last 20 years in the retail and design sector. Latterly running her own successful art gallery and gift shop in Glasgow’s west end for many years. Within the gallery she set up a mentoring service for art students to help them get from ‘graduation to gallery’, proving to be popular stepping stone with many GSA graduates.

Prior to this she worked as an interior designer and spent many years as a freelance designer within the TV and film industry.

Jill is passionate about getting kids outdoors and is an active volunteer at her local school. Free time is spent building dens with her little boy, fresh water swimming with her dogs or maybe a wee canoe expedition with the family…while fighting off the midges!

Our Board

As part of LTL, GfL is governed by the LTL board of trustees. We have an active and highly respected Scottish board member in David Cameron, formerly Director of Children's Services for Stirling Council and president of the Association of Directors of Education of Scotland. David chaired the Scottish Government’s Outdoor Connections Advisory group, is involved in writing guidance for Curriculum for Excellence and chairs the Scottish National Parents Forum.

Our Advisory Group

GfL has established an Advisory Group to support the development of our work in Scotland. Comprising respected representatives from the fields of play, education, nature, early years, health, disability and child development, this group assists our work by:

  • improving our understanding of the various sectors in which we operate
  • championing the value of school and early years outdoor spaces and the work of GfL, and
  • advising on GfL strategy, priorities and approaches.

Grounds for Learning

5 Alpha Centre
Stirling University Innovation Park
Stirling FK9 4NF

01786 465934