Janice first volunteered for the Trust as a student in 1987, whilst studying Biology at Nottingham University, going out on volunteer work parties to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserves with the University Conservation Society. Janice then worked elsewhere as an Ecologist in different NGO and public sector roles, but always maintained contact with the Trust, and remained involved as a volunteer whenever possible.
In 1995 Janice became the Ecology and Conservation Manager for RJB Mining, which was a chance to try to protect and enhance habitats for wildlife from inside the coal industry. Janice changed the focus of coal mine restoration schemes nationally to being biodiversity-led. In Nottinghamshire, this resulted in the transformation of old-style Colliery Tip restoration to schemes where the large-scale creation of priority habitats for Sherwood would be the primary aim.
Janice joined Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust as Head of the Conservation Team in 2001 and has worked since to try to protect wildlife in the County from damaging development , to work with partners to re-create habitats at a landscape scale, and to make the wider countryside more welcoming to wildlife.
Janice has led some of our great victories for wildlife, including the refusal of the proposed incinerator at Rufford Colliery, which would have destroyed woodlark habitat, securing greater protection for wildlife in major infrastructure schemes by fighting all the way to Public Inquiries, and developing projects to re-create habitats, and protect and conserve some of our scarcest species, across the County.