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Richard Clarke, MSc BSc
Managing Director
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Laura McLean, DVM MRCVS BA
Finance Director

 The founder of Highland Carbon, Richard Clarke, is a zoologist with experience in international conservation.  His inspiration to found Highland Carbon in 2018 was to apply principles of biodiversity enhancement and landscape conservation to carbon offsetting projects here in the UK.

Richard has given a number of talks about the work and aspirations of Highland Carbon to organisations including:

  • Nature Based Solutions, Net Zero Scotland session at COP26

  • Landscape Rewilding Webinar, Asset Utilities

  • Upland Restoration, UNESCO's Wester Ross Biosphere Project

  • North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Sustainability Podcast, David Bassiouni Group, New York City

  • Nature-Based Solutions Webinar, Aberdeen Science Centre

Prior to founding Highland Carbon in 2017, the Managing Director, Richard Clarke, undertook roles working in the corporate partnerships and philanthropy arenas for the following organisations:

  • The Woodland Trust, London, UK.  The charity established the Woodland Carbon Code standard for afforestation offsetting projects in the United Kingdom.  Richard led his team’s pitches as Corporate Partnerships Manager.  He worked primarily in London to recruit and support partnerships with blue chip companies.

  • Mercy Ships, London, UK.  As Corporate Partnerships Manager, Richard recruited and supported partnerships in the medical, transport, shipping, travel and leisure sectors.  He supported FTSE 100 company partners in their ESG and CSR reporting.

  • Environmental Defense Fund, New York City, USA.  EDF established the global ‘cap and trade’ framework for carbon offsetting working in partnership with blue chip companies.  Richard worked as Regional Director for Fundraising to support both regulatory and company collaboration frameworks in relation to sustainable fishing, sustainable farming, energy efficient vehicles and more.

  • The Nature Conservancy, Washington DC, USA.  TNC established the worldwide carbon sequestration framework for tropical forest protection alongside World Wildlife Fund.  As Development Officer, Richard recruited Fortune 500 partners including major manufacturers.

  • Michigan State University, E Lansing, USA.  A BIG10 University.  Raised funds for new facilities, research and scholarship.  

Richard has thirty-three years of experience recruiting more than one hundred blue-chip corporate partnerships most notably in the manufacturing, food & drink, media, technology, finance, transport, retail, grocery, construction, energy, medical, legal, consumables, travel, leisure and fashion sectors. 


Richard has actively supported the public relations, CSR/ESG reporting, employee engagement, customer relations and cause-related marketing needs and aspirations of his company clients. 


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 located off the West Coast of Scotland.

Dr McLean is a veterinarian with twenty-two years experience working in both the USA and UK.  She is the Clinical Director for Pinfold House Veterinary Clinic in Misterton, Nottinghamshire, UK.

Laura 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.  It is very common for her to be rehabilitating a wild animal at home at any moment.  As I type she is rehabilitating a collared dove and pigeon.  She recently rehabilitated and released a crow and a jackdaw. 

Laura volunteered on a committee that saved the old trees in her village from being arbitrarily felled by a Council subcontractor as they had been in the many thousands in nearby Sheffield.

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 has a passion for wild places, rare species conservation, habitat restoration and mitigating climate change.

Laura is a keen equestrian and enjoys riding her horse, Russia, in the countryside having competed in dressage and show jumping in her youth.

Highland Carbon is a family business.  Richard and Laura are a married couple.  The two met when they were teenagers and have been together ever since.