Emma Steel

Policy Assistant & Policy Adviser (Access)
0131 653 5400

Emma grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Stirlingshire and has a degree in Zoology and an MSc Environmental Science, both from Aberdeen University. Emma joined SLE from a visitor experience role at RSPB Loch Garten, where she engaged, educated and enthused members of the public about Scotland’s native species and habitats, namely breeding ospreys and the ancient Caledonian forest. Previously, Emma interned at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, assisting with the management and development of a citizen science project. This included campaigning, educating and lobbying government to enable better protection of cetacean species worldwide. Emma still volunteers for this project, attempting to spot bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales in the Firth of Forth when the weather allows! 

If you were a Scottish animal, which would you be and why?
I would be an Orca, as they are highly social animals with strong family values. Orcas communicate well and like to work as part of a team, they are hardworking but still have a sense of adventure and know how to have fun. 

What do very few people know about you?
I’ve been lucky enough to holiday in 28 different countries so far with the aim of increasing this by at least one every year. 

Which three words best describe your outlook on life?
Perspective. Optimism. Serenity. 

If you were a game bird, which would you be and why?
I would most likely be a Ptarmigan, as I thoroughly enjoy a day (and sometimes night) out in the mountains!