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

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 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 blue chip company 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 of blue-chip corporate partnerships most notably in the manufacturing, food & drink, media, 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 clients. 

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 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 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 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.

Richard’s leadership experience includes:

  • Trustee

       Doncaster Business for the Community, UK

  • Trustee

       Open Forum for Economic Regen, UK

  • Alternate Trustee

       Key Fund for South Yorkshire, Sheffield, UK

  • Development Committee Chairman

       Brainwave Children's Charity, London, UK

  • Fundraising Committee

       National Holocaust Museum, London, UK

  • Building Restoration Fundraising Committee 

       Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire, UK

  • Marketing Committee

       Environmental Fund for Michigan, USA​

  • CoFounder

       Project Recycle, Michigan State University

  • Co-Founder

       Earth Day Fest, Michigan State University