The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick has selected a local resident as its first ever ambassador.

The conservation and education charity has welcomed Louise Macdonald into the role.

Ms Macdonald (pictured inset), who hails from Musselburgh, is the national director for the Institute of Directors and former CEO of Young Scot.

Since founding more than 20 years ago, the Seabird Centre has supported tens of thousands of young people in developing their understanding of and curiosity in Scotland’s marine environments through its community-based education and outreach activities.

It also supports young people in their early careers in conservation, education, tourism and hospitality through direct employment, student projects and placements.

On being appointed into her role she said: “I am delighted to be able to support Susan [Davies, Seabird Centre chief executive] and the whole team in their drive to offer more opportunities to young people to help them experience the wonders of Scotland’s marine wildlife.

“We are at a critical time where the need to tackle climate change and loss of nature has never been more self-evident.

“Through dialogue, learning resources, and interactive experiences, the charity has an important role in enabling young people to have their voice about the importance of Scotland’s marine environments to them and to the communities they live within.”

In her role as ambassador, Louise will directly advise the Seabird Centre team on how to best engage and inspire more children and young people.

Susan added: “We are thrilled that Louise has agreed to become the first ambassador for the Scottish Seabird Centre.

“Her passion for championing and supporting children and young people in shaping their own futures is greatly admired. Louise is also a great lover of wild places and the benefits to wellbeing from being connected with nature. 

“Louise will challenge how we engage with children and young people and support us in forging new partnerships that help inspire them and challenge all of us to protect Scotland’s amazing marine wildlife.”