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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 2017 was to apply principles of biodiversity enhancement and landscape conservation to carbon offsetting projects here in the UK.

Highland Carbon has grown significantly since its inception.  Today, it serves as a conduit between eight inspirational Scottish estates and 45 company offsetting buyers.  Our portfolio of estates continues to grow as does our list of company buyers.

Our Founder has given a number of talks about the inspirational vision and bold work of Highland Carbon to a range of organisations including:

  • The Climate Show, Sky News

  • The Scotsman newspaper

  • BBC Radio Sheffield

  • COP26; Nature Based Solutions, Net Zero Scotland session

  • The Global Partnerships Forum, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, New York, USA

  • The Global List Podcast, with David Bassiouni, New York City

  • Nature-Based Solutions Webinar, Aberdeen Science Centre

  • Zoominar, UNESCO's Wester Ross Biosphere Project

  • Zoominar, North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • Lecture, Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan

Over the years Richard has worked significantly in the City of London (financial district), Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, New York City, Chicago and Washington DC.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

Prior to undertaking her veterinary degree, Dr McLean completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and worked in banking in the USA. 

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.  At Pinfold House, her role includes chief responsibility for business strategy, financial performance, personnel management and clinical excellence. 


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.


During summers whilst in university in the States, 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 horses, Russia and Shallani, 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.

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