The team

The Thrive Outdoor team are a lively bunch. Our collective CV spans decades of experience in outdoor play and learning; from early learning practitioner to charity CEO. We live and breathe outdoor play and learning and have experienced successes and challenges at every level.

Ultimately, it’s our passion and commitment to harnessing the power of outdoor play and learning to positively impact children and young people in Scotland.  Our breadth of experience perfectly positions our team to support and advise organisations looking to increase their impact in outdoor play and learning.

Sarah Goldsmith

All Age Children Coordinator

Sarah is a passionate advocate for children’s play and children’s rights and is currently the Vice Chair and the International…

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Julia Abel

Director of Funds

Julia draws on her extensive experience in leading charities and growing social enterprises gained as CEO of an Economic Development…

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Sarah Scott

Fund Support Officer

Sarah is a fund support officer for Thrive Outdoors, working across all areas of our work to evaluate and demonstrate our impact internally and externally. She has volunteered in organisations from local to international scales, and brings strong organisational, event management, and communication skills to the team.

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Mairi Ferris

Fund Manager

Mairi works alongside Melodie to strategically lead the Thrive Outdoors programme with specific responsibility for our work on Early Learning & Childcare and Nature Based Learning. This work supports practitioners and settings to develop and embed outdoor play pedagogy into their daily practice.

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