• Community of Arran Seabed Trust
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Our People

Paul Chandler

Paul ChandlerDirector 

Paul is a geoscientist and diver who has worked in the UK, Europe, the Americas, the Middle and Far East, and Africa. He is a passionate advocate for a beautiful and abundant marine environment for all.



Manuela de los Rios

Manuela de los Rios

Communications Officer

Manuela is a marine communications and environmental education specialist, she has worked on integrated coastal zone management and local sustainable development initiatives for coastal communities across Europe, the Balkans and North Africa.

Jenny Stark


Marine Outreach Officer

Jenny started with COAST conducting research for her MSc in Marine Environmental Management. An accomplished diver with a love of all things wet and wild, she hopes to pass on her enthusiasm of marine conservation to people of all ages.

Donald McNicol

CAP member

donaldDonald lived on Arran until he left a long time ago to become a mechanical engineer, initially for submarines, then with offshore platforms and laterally with hydro and wind generation. He has been our volunteer project manager for the renovation works of the Old Pavilion.



Luke Nelson

CAP member

lukeLuke is our youngest CAP member and is hoping to become a marine biologist when he grows up. Currently a pupil at arran High School he helps COAST with outreach events, talking with the media and featuring in our videos!



Hayley Woodroffe

CAP member

Hayley moved to the island 2 years ago and works in the community. Takes an active interest in the island's marine wildlife through snorkelling and kayaking.hayley cropped



Russell Cheshire

Russell Cheshire

Vice Chair

Russell operates Ocean Breeze Rib Tours with his wife Elspeth. They have lived on Arran since 1994 and are keen wildlife observers and beach cleaners. 

Sibbie Sangster

Sibbie SangsterTreasurer

Sibbie is a keen sailor and cyclist. She formerly worked in adult education and has been  COAST’s Treasurer for many years.

Jenni Martin

Jenni Secretary

Originally from Bute, Jenni worked for Edinburgh City Council before retiring to Arran. Jenni has a wealth of HR and organisation development experience.

Tom Appleby

tom applebyLegal Advisor

Tom is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, specialising in environmental law. He is a trustee of Blue Marine Foundation and helped COAST establish the public's right to fish and the Lamlash Bay NTZ.

Simon Baxter

Simon BaxterLegal Advisor

Simon is head of the European Antitrust and Competition Group with Skadden LLP, Brussels. He has extensive experience of antitrust regimes as well as advising on regulatory and other EU compliance issues.

Dr Robin Jenks

Robin JenksA marine campaigner and former science teacher, Robin lives on the west of Arran and has a doctorate in fresh water biology.

Zabdi Keen

Zabdi KeenZabdi runs Flying Fever, a paragliding school, with her partner Maurice. She is our web designer and technical back-up and works closely with COAST on our campaigns.

Jo Totty

Jo TottyJo is a volunteer ranger with National Trust Scotland and marine campaigner. She helps organise Arran’s Mountain Festival.

Ann Hume

Ann HumeAnn works for Visit Scotland in Brodick and is a jeweller. She is a former primary school teacher. She wrote and compiled COAST’s Marine Education Resource Pack with Jo Totty.

Jim Henderson

Jim HendersonBorn on Arran and former fisherman and retired joiner, Jim is a local historian who remembers Arran’s once famous fish festivals well.

Cicely Gill

Cicely GillCicely has lived on Arran since the 60s and has just published her first novel. She is the prime mover behind our extremely popular annual marine crafts workshop. 

Claire Youdale

Claire has a BSc Hons in Marine Zoology from Bangor University. She is a experienced Seasearch diver and assists COAST conduct research around Arran.  

Angus Robson

Angus Robson is an experienced and qualified survey boat coxswain and volunteer diver. He has 25 years' of experience diving in the seas of nine different countries.  


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