Laura McLean, DVM MRCVS BA
The founder of Highland Carbon, Richard Clarke, is a zoologist with experience in international conservation. His conservation experience experience spans orangutan breeding programmes, wolf conservation, establishment of marine protected areas, conservation of rare freshwater habitats in the Great Lakes region, marine mammal conservation, provision of wildlife veterinary medicine in East Africa and restoration of the Scottish Highlands.
Richard's inspiration to found Highland Carbon in 2017 was to apply principles of biodiversity net gain and landscape conservation to carbon offsetting projects here in the UK.
Our Founder has given talks and interviews about the inspirational vision and bold work of Highland Carbon to a range of organisations including:
Sky News, The Climate Show
The Scotsman newspaper
United Nations COP26 in Glasgow, Net Zero Scotland
United Nations, Global Partnerships Forum, NYC, USA
The Global List Podcast, with David Bassiouni, New York City
Aberdeen Science Centre, Nature-Based Solutions Webinar
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Zoominar
UNESCO's Wester Ross Biosphere Project, Zoominar
Over the years Richard has worked significantly in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, the City of London (financial district), Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands.
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 the construction of new facilities, scientific research, scholarship and teaching endowments.
Primate House, Chester Zoo, Cheshire, England. Animal care and animal husbandry.
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, banking, finance, transport, retail, grocery, construction, energy, medical, pharmaceutical, legal, consumables, travel, leisure and fashion sectors.
Richard has actively supported the carbon offsetting, ESG reporting, public relations, employee engagement, customer relations and the 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 regularly 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. She provides Pro Bono veterinary care to the local hedgehog rescue centre. It is very common for her to be rehabilitating a wild animal at home at any moment: hedgehogs, rabbits, collared doves, pigeons, thrushes, crows and jackdaws.
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.