RePollinate’s purpose is to conserve and enhance the UK’s threatened pollinators. This objective will be met through improving education on the importance of pollinators and their conservation, supporting scientific research on pollinators, working with policymakers at local and national levels, and working with communities and businesses to create a network of high quality pollinator habitats.
Over the past four years, RePollinate has built up a wonderful team who feel passionately about the environment and also have an incredible skill set. Among these supporters were Alan and Noi Hogg who worked hard to help Suzie and Iain establish the Charity. As part of their legacy, RePollinate will be dedicating a piece of land with an Eco hut to convert into a sanctuary for wildlife, trees, pollinators and heritage.
RePollinate was created by Suzie and Iain Millar, co-founders of The Scottish Bee Company, who felt passionately about helping reverse the decline in pollinators across the UK. A percentage of every jar bought at The Scottish Bee Company goes directly to RePollinate.
Iain has thirteen years’ experience in fund management and was struck by how effectively social entrepreneurs were harnessing the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems so co-founded The Scottish Bee Company and RePollinate Charity with his wife Suzie. Iain is also a director of the Sportsman’s Charity, which raises funds for charities working in the fields of sport, children and young people, the disabled and disadvantaged.
‘Having started the Scottish Bee Company, we wanted to support the many insect pollinators that don’t produce honey, so we decided to support a sister charity that could fulfil those objectives’.
Jim has over 20 years of experience in senior Finance, Strategy and Operations roles and is currently COO of The Scottish Bee Company. Jim is passionate about our environment and can usually be found outside enjoying the fine Scottish weather. Having worked on CSR projects in previous roles Jim understands how working with dedicated charities such as RePollinate can help organisations surpass their environmental targets.
Fiona has worked in strategic business development & project management throughout her career. She has extensive experience of working in the public and third sectors. Her voluntary roles have included Chair of a Twinning Society and Business Development & Fundraising Director of a community charity.
Suzie is also a director of the Scottish Bee Company with her husband Iain. A law graduate, she went on to become a chiropractor and practiced for 8 years but also wanted to help promote health through clean eating, better movement and kinder thinking but realised quickly that the environment in which we live governs all of these things. Without a healthy functioning ecosystem the rest is pointless. Hence her shift to protecting and promoting pollinators.
‘Getting involved with RePollinate will allow you to learn about all of the ways you can repollinate the world. Whether it be growing wildflower spaces, turning concrete jungles into havens for wildlife, or learning why these things are important, there are multiple ways to get involved and start making a change’.
Keith Inglis is a secondary school Biology teacher of about 15 years currently working in an Edinburgh High School. He lives in South Queensferry with his wife and two children. Keith is a member of the Marine Conservation Society with a degree in Zoology (Marine Biology). He is interested in conservation, education and travel. It’s great to be part of a group that is taking direct action to protect biodiversity.
Project Development Team
Nick joined RePollinate in 2021 as a consultant for the Beds for Bees project, which he had previously pilotted with Leigh for On the Verge in Stirling. He has since taken on the role of Manager at RePollinate and is keen to use his background in wildlife gardening, community conservation and educating on biodiversity to expand the reach and impact of the Charity.
‘I am thrilled to be acting as a voice for pollinators and their conservation through RePollinate. I draw a lot of encouragement from the potential for pollinator conservation to also help to address other issues in society, such as the need to rejuvenate community spaces, improve food production, and the enrichment of learning and community-building experiences. I am excited to develop projects with colleagues that highlight these multiple wins.’
Leigh also joined RePollinate in 2021 as a consultant for the Beds for
Bees project. She now acts as project co-ordinator along with Nick. In
2010, Leigh established the group, On the Verge, and through this
organisation, has worked with dozens of community groups in and
around Stirling and Clackmannanshire to establish and develop areas of native wildflowers.
‘I am delighted to be working with RePollinate to roll out the Beds for Bees scheme and to help develop new projects. Through RePollinate, Iain and Suzie’s commitment to giving back to the environment will result in effective and practical actions to support, not only honeybees, but all pollinators including our all-important and hardworking wild bees.’