Initiatives in dramatic  wilderness

on behalf of company partners to offset their carbon.

R L Clarke, MSc BSc
Founder and Director

British born, Richard Clarke holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology.  During University he read also Forestry, Ecology, Biology, Marine Biology, Wildlife Management, Fisheries Management  and Environmental Science.  Highland Carbon combines his two passions: (1) wilderness and wildlife conservation and (2) mitigating Climate Change. 

During summers in University, Richard worked for Michigan United Conservation Clubs in the States and with Chester Zoo in England.  He worked for several years after graduating with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world's largest land conservation and habitat restoration charity, which is headquartered in Washington DC, USA.  Richard's role included recruiting corporate partners for the conservation programmes underway.

Richard also managed the corporate partnerships recruitment team with The Woodland Trust (WT) in the UK.  His team generated six times the revenue achieved by The National Trust at the time, a much larger charity.  Richard built partnerships through an approach of bespoke pitches in line with client company culture, a robust public relations offer, communications support, flexibility and responsiveness.

Highland Carbon is combining the best elements of TNC & WT: (a) landscape scale habitat conservation for rare species (like TNC) and (b) large-scale planting schemes (like WT).  However, it does so in a formal carbon offsetting framework.  Thus, Highland Carbon improves vital habitats for native species whilst mitigating carbon impacts upon the climate worldwide.

Richard's leadership experience includes Chief Executive of SYCF, Chairman of Michigan Energy Options, Board member of the Open Forum For Economic Regeneration, Board member of the Key Fund South Yorkshire, Trustee of Doncaster Businesses for the Community (DB4C) and Director of Bransby Horses.

Highland Carbon brings thirty-three years of major corporate partnerships experience in the context of ESG & CSR.


Whilst American, Dr Laura McLean's ancestors hail from the Scottish Highlands and Islands.  Her family holds reunions at the McLean hunting lodge on the Isle of Mull.

Dr McLean is a veterinarian with twenty-two years experience working in both the USA and UK.  She undertakes CPD at conferences in London and New York.  In her spare time Dr McLean has volunteered in wildlife rehabilitation and has provided free surgeries to animals in rescue centres. 

Prior to undertaking her veterinary degree, Dr McLean completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and worked in banking in the USA.  During summers whilst in university, Dr McLean worked for Senate Finance and Clean Water Action.  She shares a passion for wild places, rare species conservation, habitat restoration and mitigating climate change.

Laura is an equestrian and enjoys riding her horse, Russia.

Photographed undertaking a falconry experience at the Gleneagles Resort in the Scottish Highlands.

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