An economist by training, Penny has worked as an independent consultant since 1984 specialising in the development and delivery of strategic projects that contribute to sustainable development. Penny is the former Chief Executive of the Millennium Forest for Scotland and was awarded an OBE for her work on the development and delivery of this initiative. She was also Chief Executive of Forward Scotland and she led the development and establishment of the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network and contributed to the development programme for the Central Scotland Green Network. Penny lives and works in Argyll.