Who we are
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife conservation charity working to protect and enhance the wildlife and habitats of Nottinghamshire.
What we do
We care for dozens of nature reserves across the county, including a mixture of valuable wildlife habitats ranging from beautiful wildflower meadows to splendid ancient woodlands. We engage the local community through events, education and volunteering opportunities and seek to ensure our county is a healthy and wildlife rich place to live.
We are a leading voice in standing up for wildlife and the environment. Particular attention is given to positively influencing the planning process at the district, county and regional levels. We also work nationally in partnership with sister Wildlife Trusts.
Not only do we manage our own land, we also advise other landowners how to manage their land to benefit wildlife. We are always looking for new ways to secure the future of the county’s natural world and we are currently developing a range of projects that link habitats and landowners over large areas of land and seek to influence the management of whole landscapes, placing wildlife conservation at the heart of decision making.
We aim to creating a wilder future for Nottinghamshire, with a vision to recreate and reconnect our fragmented landscape. This involves restoring large areas of habitat, improving the connections between greenspaces and making the wider landscape more wildlife friendly. With your help we can shape a bright future for the wildlife and people of the county.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is run by a Council of Trustees according to its Memorandum and Articles of Association and Regulations. Decision making is undertaken by Trustees at Council meetings and at the Annual General Meeting for members.
We are also a partner in the largest voluntary organisation in the UK concerned with all aspects of wildlife conservation, The Wildlife Trusts. This partnership of 46 individual Trusts manages more than 2,300 nature reserves and has more than 800,000 members.
The Trust's vision is for Nottinghamshire’s people and wildlife to thrive together.
- The natural world is valuable in its own right and is under threat
- People are part of the natural world and we depend upon it for our existence
- Everyone should have the opportunity to live in a healthy, wildlife-rich natural world
- It is vital that we work with others because we all have the power to make a positive impact on the nature and climate emergencies
Nick Parsons Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Chair of Trustees
Hello my name is Nick Parsons, I am Chair to the Council of Trustees of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Committees: Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme (NUWS) and the Council
I have been a trustee of NWT for over 20 years and have always had a particular interest in urban wildlife. I was born and raised in South Yorkshire before studying History at University in Nottingham.
I am a solicitor and was a partner at a national law firm Browne Jacobson for twenty five years and am now an active consultant for them. I specialised in civil litigation, defending claims for clinical negligence and personal injury on behalf of the NHS, local authorities and their insurers. I have a particular expertise in large scale group action claims and have taken a number of cases to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. I have also been instructed in several public inquiries where I represented public bodies.
As a partner I led a department of 250 lawyers and support staff and was a long-time member of my firm's Strategy Board.
For the last few years I have been a Director ,shareholder and guide in Oriole Birding a travel company specialising in birdwatching and wildlife holidays in the U.K. and abroad.
Over the years I have been a trustee of a number of small charities and enjoy trying to put something back. As Chair my efforts are now focussed on helping the Trust to meet the existential threats posed by the ecological and climate crises. Now is the time for Society to act and we are keen to encourage as many people in Nottinghamshire to join us on the green barricades. It's a battle we have to win and we need your support.
A longstanding but as yet unfulfilled ambition is to spend more time outdoors than indoors, and my real passion is birdwatching. I became a birder as a young boy on a holiday to Scotland when one morning on a family walk I found a Pied Flycatcher and a Hen Harrier. That was it, I was hooked!
I live with my partner Jane and our teenage daughter. As a proud Yorkshireman I have a deep love of cricket, but enjoy most sports. I still enjoy history, archaeology and I own an allotment.
Martin Willis Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Vice Chair of Trustees and Chair of Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme (NUWS)
Hello my name is Martin Willis, I am a Vice Chair of Trustees for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Committees: Resources and General Purposes Committee (RGPC), Nottingham Urban Wildlife Scheme (NUWS) (Chair), HR Working group and the Council
A potted biography of sorts.
- I have lived in Nottingham from age 10, fairly invested in City….
- Married, 3 adult stepchildren, two dogs, cat, chickens, fish & assorted garden wildlife. Crowded house.
- First career – straight from school at 18 with paltry A-levels to be a book packer, over the following 12 years I eventually became a distribution manager for a wholesale bookseller covering half the country.
- Uninteresting anecdote #1: Jeffrey Archer once shook my hand effusively, only because his publishers sales manager had just pointed out that I’d bought 50,000 copies of one of his books; even more depressingly we sold them all on.
- First career terminated by redundancy after about 12 years, followed by 2 or 3 years of self-indulgent semi-retirement.
- Second career – library assistant for a while then a library manager, then managing Nottingham’s Central Library for some time before becoming Senior Library Manager & overseeing half the City’s libraries.
- Second career also terminated by redundancy, this time after 20 years.
- Used to be wealthier & consequently well-travelled – uninteresting anecdote #2: once shared a flight, in club class (bounced up), with Mick Jaggers children; Mick Jagger and minders were in first class, go figure.
- Currently part-time self-employed gardener, p/t Open University Student, Secretary of Allotment site and of course the Trust. General busybody (2nd stepdaughter’s words). Less wealth, more happiness.
Chair of Nottinghamshire Urban Wildlife Scheme
Mike Spencer Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Vice Chair or Trustees and Chair of EMEC
Hello my name is Mike Spencer, I am a Vice Chair of Trustees for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Committees: NWTTL (Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trading Ltd) (Director), Resources and General Purposes Committee (RGPC), People and Wildlife (PAW), Finance Sub-Committee, Supporter Journey Working Group (Chair) and the Council
I started work for the Courtaulds Group in 1967 as a very junior production assistant, after leaving the Army, eventually rising to the exulted heights of Divisional Chief Executive almost 20 years later. Probably the most fascinating period of my working life was the 10 years I spent as a management consult working in Eastern Europe on behalf of the European Bank of Reconstruction helping to prepare Polish and Romanian companies for their exposure to global trade. I finally gave up gainful employment when I ceased working as the Finance Director of a company I formed some 10 years ago. This follows a career in business management, consulting and new business start-ups mainly, though not exclusively, in the Textile and Clothing industry.
My wife Sue and I have always been “outdoor” people but only in the last 10 years or so, really since the opening of the Attenborough Nature Centre, have we become deeply absorbed in Wildlife and conservation. We now spend as much time as we possibly can, allowing for the demands of our allotment, enjoying the wildlife and environment that the UK has to offer. In the last few years we have become Scotland devotees having toured the Mainland and closer Islands on a number of occasions.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee, Honorary Secretary of Trustees
Hello my name is Robert Armitage and I am the Honorable Secretary of Trustees for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Committees: Resources and General Purposes Committee (RGPC), Conservation Committee (Chair), People and Wildlife (PAW), Health and Safety Working Group and the Council
Retired Chartered Civil Engineer
I have lived in Beeston, Nottinghamshire since 1986 and am married with two grown up children. For the first twenty years I worked near the University of Nottingham, because the local office was created through a joint venture between the University and Scott Wilson (a firm of consulting engineers). I oversaw the growth of this office from 4 staff to over 250, moving to Chilwell in 2006, about one mile from Attenborough Nature Reserve.
My background in carrying out voluntary work dates back to the early 1980’s, when I was involved in a range of Young National Trust/National Trust Volunteer Groups (including the formation of West Yorkshire YNT and re-establishment of Nottinghamshire NTV). This was followed in the 1990’s by a period of nine years when I sat on the East Midlands Regional Committee for the National Trust.
I have been a member of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for over 25 years, converting to life membership in 2014. In addition I am a member of the National Trust, Woodland Trust & the Royal Horticultural Society.
Professionally I have been the Chairman of the Nottingham & Derby Section of the Permanent Way Institution, and Chairman of the East Midlands Region of the Institution of Civil Engineers for two years from 2011-13. I do not see any conflict between civil engineering and the aims of a wildlife charity. It is a requirement of our institution to consider sustainability in our work; by using our skills and experience, engineers have much to offer in achieving a balance between the current and future needs of society and the conservation or creation of habitats for wildlife.
My professional experience means that I have been directly responsible at various times for financial administration.
I also have knowledge of establishing an ISO 9001 Quality Management System, and a BS11000 Collaborative Business Relationship system. Prior to retirement I focused on Health, Safety & Welfare, and sat on the Sustainability Committee, representing over 1000 staff across the UK.
Colin Gibson Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Trustees
Hello my name is Colin Gibson, I am a Hon Treasurer and Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Committees: Resources and General Purposes Committee (RGPC) Finance Sub-Committee (Chair) and the Council
I was bought up in the Home Counties and after taking a degree in geography and economics at London University (Bedford College, amongst the wildlife of Regents Park) I became a tax inspector, moved to rural North Yorkshire and married my wife Carol.
After running a Grimsby tax office in the 1970’s my work life led to specialisation in fraud investigation, we arrived in West Bridgford in 1983, now with boys aged 8 and 5, where we have remained. I was by then in charge of the Inland Revenue counter fraud office covering most of eastern England and later had national training and senior management roles in the same organisation. I moved into the Senior Civil Service in 2000 managing Valuation and by the time I retired in 2010 from what was then HMRC had overseen various esoteric aspects of personal taxation including Inheritance Tax as well as having management responsibility for compliance in what is now called specialist personal tax – which incidentally included responsibility for oversight of Charities.
Carol taught in several Nottingham schools, the family grew up and we travelled a lot, initially in Europe and then further afield enjoying in particular the Middle and Far East.
Though working across UK restricted my involvement in local activities I was at times a governor at several West Bridgford schools. After I retired became more involved in volunteering, including Friends of Bridgford Park and as a trustee of Nottingham Housing Advice. When cuts sadly led to NHAs demise I applied, having been an inactive member for many years, to become a trustee of NWT. Once accepted in late 2015 I was somewhat disconcerted by very quickly being invited to become Treasurer – but I am enjoying using my management experience to settle into that role as I learn more about the organisation.
Outside work we know from experience the need to value every day as it comes; we continue to travel and enjoy living close to our 3 grandchildren. As geographers we thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, in particular landscape and flora - though NWT has spurred us to acquiring better binoculars and starting to learn more about birdlife too! We have a personal target to visit every NWT site within the next 2 years. We belong to a local Amateur Dramatic Society (inevitably I am Treasurer), are involved in local politics and I’m very pleased indeed to have more time to work on our house and garden.
Katherine Wilson Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee and Director NWT Trading Limited
Hello my name is Katherine Wilson, I am a Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Committee: The Council.
I grew up on a small dairy farm in Northamptonshire and moved to Nottingham as an undergraduate.
I have had a 25-year career in marketing working in a diverse range of organisations including Anchor Trust, Capital Shopping Centres plc, British Waterways and the Museums Libraries and Archives Council. Since 2008 have provided marketing support and consultancy via my company number8marketing Ltd. Alongside this I am a designer working in traditional stained glass and contemporary fused glass, selling my work via my website, in galleries and at contemporary craft events.
For the past 6 years I have been a Waterway Partnership member (strategic volunteer) for The Canal and River Trust where I initiated projects including community attitudes benchmarking and increasing participation in running along waterway paths.
My hobbies include enjoying the arts, running and walking my two whippets. My usual outdoors haunts are the Grantham Canal towpath, Rushcliffe Country Park and the Clifton River Trent path.
I am married with a teenaged daughter.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee
Hello my name is Shilpa Shah, I am a Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
I was called to the Bar after completing a Masters Degree, but then left behind the bright lights (and cement) of London to practice at Ropewalk Chambers. Moving to North Notts (Walesby) has been like a breath of fresh air and I cannot imagine being as happy anywhere else as I am living and working in this County.
I work in Nottingham predominantly within the realms of civil work, regulatory matters for local and borough councils, medical and professional disciplinary matters – and I lay claim to a particular interest and speciality in legal costs (which gets most lawyers running for the hills!). I am a member on the Insurers’ Fraud Special Counsel Panel, which certainly leads to fascinating work and some dramatic trials.
In my out of work life I have an active interest in exploring and appreciating the beauty of England (Wales and Scotland too!). With a young family of my own, we very much made the most of our English Heritage and National Trust Memberships – and I am hoping to do the same with my Nottinghamshire Wildlife Membership.
It is difficult to say how I have become interested in wildlife and the environment. I suspect my mum will attribute it back from the age of 4 when I would bring back stray worms and woodlice found rooming around the pavements of London and attempt to tend for in my bedroom.
I think my fellow Trustees share the sentiment that it is just impossible to put into words the pleasure our natural environment can give us – and how essential it is that we raise awareness and better care for and protect the natural world around us.
I am new to the Trust but I am aiming to get as involved as I can in supporting and promoting the Trusts’ stated goal of standing up for wildlife and the environment. What a great aim to have!
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee and Chair of People and Nature Committee
Hello my name is Ruth Thurgood, I am a Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Committee: The Council and the Chair of the People and Nature Committee.
I started out in my career as a linguist, working in France and Spain as part of my degree course at Durham. A slight change of direction followed with a Masters in Computing which eventually led me to a career in project and programme management at Boots.
In recent years I have become more involved in leading transformation programmes, thinking holistically about how to make change successful and deliver results. For me, it’s all about setting a goal and working with others to achieve it and now, with my sons fully fledged and out in the world, feels like the right point in my life to use my experience to make a bigger difference outside the workplace.
I have been on the committees of a number of local voluntary groups, most notably as Chair of the Nottingham Local Access Forum, which works to protect and promote access and rights of way. Supporting the local community is very important to me and as a Nottingham City resident I have joined in practical conservation with the WinC NWT group and taken up my litterpicker as a Nottingham Clean Champion as well as doing everything I can in my garden at home to make a haven for Nottingham’s wildlife.
I was interested in nature as a child and this was revived as an adult when I became a keen walker, even more so since we have all started to appreciate the importance of healthy ecosystems for our planet. There’s a powerful benefit from being in green spaces which leads to a greater respect for the natural world. This is something I hope we can encourage more people to experience as part of our work as a Trust.
I am very excited to be a new Trustee and am looking forward to learning and contributing as much as I can over the next few years.
Kedijah Eaves-O'Connor, Youth Trustee
Hello my name is Kedijah and I am a Youth Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Committee: The Council.
I was born and raised in Nottingham. I have had a fond interest for nature and the environment from a very young age. However, it became much more apparent that I wanted to make it my career to improve the quality of the environment around me once I left college and started university - especially upon learning more about climate change and biodiversity loss. I achieved a First Class honours degree in Environmental Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have also recently completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Leadership and Management at the University of Nottingham.
Aside from academia, I have experience in caring for the environment and engaging with others to do the same. I am a fully trained Carbon Literacy Trainer, a course that endeavours to teach individuals about the science and impacts of climate change and what can be done to tackle it. I am also an avid environmentalist in my personal life. I am a vegetarian, I aim to live a zero-waste life and reduce my individual carbon footprint.
I am delighted to be a Youth Trustee, as I will be instrumental in making important decisions that will impact nature and the people of Nottinghamshire. With this said, I wholeheartedly stand for diversity and inclusion within the environmental movement and aim to integrate this even more-so into the work of the NWT. I am also passionate about the importance of environmental education, particularly amongst children and young people. My Master’s thesis looked at how the University of Nottingham could improve the environmental education they teach in order to socially adapt to climate change.
For leisure I enjoy taking a stroll in the park, reading fiction (classics, fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian amongst others), swimming, playing the violin, tap dancing and bike rides. I also love to travel and marvel at the beauty of our Earth. I have been to Jamaica, USA, Canada and multiple European countries including The Netherlands, Italy and Portugal. Once the current pandemic has dissipated, I endeavour to travel more sustainably by utilising coach, train and ferry services as opposed to aeroplane.
Emma Sherburn, Youth Trustee
Hello my name is Emma and I am a Youth Trustee for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Committee: The Council.
I’ve grown up in North Nottinghamshire and been lucky enough to live nearby to the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, which has been a real haven for accessing nature from an early age. Whilst completing my A-levels, I volunteered in the Rural Learning Centre there and met so many wonderful visitors. Being able to easily access nature drove my interest in the environment and led to me studying Geography at Durham University, focussing my modules on water and environmental management. I’m currently studying for my master’s degree, MSc Environmental Technology, at Imperial College London, specialising in integrated water management and being fortunate to have sponsorship from Anglian Water. As part of this, I’m able to gain water industry experience and work towards innovative solutions to the pressing environmental issues within the company working towards the goal of Net Zero 2030.
Through my education, I’ve learned a lot about the theory and principles of environmental management, and this is something I’m eager to build on working in this role. I’m a keen advocate of stakeholder engagement, at all levels, in decision making which is why the opportunity to be involved as a Youth Trustee is so exciting. I hope to be able to aid the aim of increased diversity and inclusion across the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust to ensure nature is a cornerstone of the community enabled through outreach and improved accessibility. I look forward to contributing towards local environmental policy and putting into practice my academic knowledge, to help improve the wider environment and protect Nottinghamshire’s green spaces.
In my free time, I’m an avid cook, currently trying to build a repertoire of plant-based recipes, and there is always a cake to sample in my kitchen. I love exploring new places, both the countryside and cities, since both have a lot to offer – I hope to be able to explore natural beauty spots across the UK more once I’m no longer a student. I’ve always enjoyed being active, getting involved in rowing and badminton at university, and more recently running, to keep myself healthy.
I'm really looking forward to working as a Youth Trustee and learning from this experience.
Steve Clifton, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee
Hello my name is Steve Clifton. I am a Trustee of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
I sit on the Nature Recovery Committee and Council
Born and bred near Eastwood on the edge of the Erewash Valley in west Nottinghamshire, I first became interested in the natural environment whilst studying for my A levels. I soon joined the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust in 1987 and went on to study environmental management at university. It was a placement working on a bird-rich wetland nature reserve in southern Germany that really cemented my interest in pursuing a career in nature conservation.
After taking a post-graduate course in conservation management, I briefly worked for the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and the Countryside Council for Wales before joining English Nature as a conservation officer for Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire in 1996. It was during this time that I was involved in the protection and notification of new Sites of Special Scientific Interest (including the Trust’s Misson Carr and Besthorpe nature reserves) and the designation of the Charnwood Lodge and Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserves. For the past 10 years I have worked for Natural England’s national Protected Sites Team as a senior regulation and enforcement specialist adviser.
Now residing in Calverton with my wife Vicky and my 13-year-old twins, when I have the time and energy I enjoy keeping fit, playing six-a-side football badly, live music, hillwalking, birdwatching and following the trials and tribulations of Notts County football club.
Ellie Brodie, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Trustee
I grew up in the village of Lowdham between Nottingham and Newark and spent my childhood playing in the surrounding fields and the Cocker Beck, the stream running through the village. Water vole were a common sight on the banks of the Cocker Beck and flooding wasn’t something I experienced or worried about. This has changed of course. Over the last 20 years Lowdham has flooded repeatedly and water vole have been pushed to the brink of extinction – these being just two examples of the climate and nature emergencies at play.
I studied politics and have spent my career trying to influence the government of the day on policies ranging from children’s services and community development to land ownership. I love hillwalking and being outdoors though have mostly been a city dweller - from Sheffield to Buenos Aires, from London to Edinburgh and, of course, Nottingham.
I returned home to Nottingham to work for the national arm of the Wildlife Trusts in 2016 where I led the Trusts’ work to influence government policy on land management. I worked on a huge range of fascinating and important topics – from restoring peatlands and the badger cull to pesticides campaigns and the Agriculture Bill. At this time, I also deepened my interest in complementary therapies and trained to become a biodynamic craniosacral therapist.
Now I am self-employed and divide my time between consultancy work and private practice as a craniosacral therapist. Being a trustee of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust is a great privilege. The role brings together knowledge and skills I’ve gained over my career with my love of the city and county, as well as my desire to play my part in tackling the nature and climate crisis.
Our senior management
Paul Wilkinson – Chief Executive
"I developed my love of the natural world while growing up in, and exploring the narrow lanes and fields near, my family home in Mansfield, in West Nottinghamshire.
I have been lucky enough to spend my further education and career to date following this passion, whilst trying to make the world richer in wildlife and inspiring and supporting more people to discover and connect with the amazing wildlife we have here in the UK, right on our doorsteps.
Before joining the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust as CEO in January 2019, I worked in the UK Office of The Wildlife Trusts, where I led on national policy issues such as farming, planning and water, our landscape scale conservation vision of Living Landscapes, and most recently on national strategic relationships with businesses and key funders. I have also worked for the Wildlife Trusts in the East of England on regional policy issues, and with Norfolk County Council and a small environmental education charity.
I’m delighted to be back in Nottinghamshire and am looking forward to bringing my skills, knowledge and passion for the cause to my work with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust."
Erin McDaid – Head of Communications and Marketing
Janice Bradley MBE – Head of Nature Recovery (North)
Janice Bradley MBE
"I am a Chartered Environmentalist and full Member of CEEM and have over two decades of experience as a professional ecologist in the public, commercial and third sectors. I lead on all of our major landscape-scale conservation programmes and have a wealth of experience in managing multi-partner projects. I am acquainted with the wildlife and habitats of the county and lead negotiations with mineral extraction organisations in regards to the restoration of sites after the cessation of commercial operations."
John Rattray - Head of Nature Recovery (South)
"I have always been a conservationist since the age of seven when I questioned my primary school teacher about why the oak tree in our play park was being cut down; I was told it was to allow room to build new houses. Since then I have never stopped asking why we allow our planet’s ecosystem to be destroyed in the name of progress. At prize giving that year I received a copy of Wayside & Woodland Trees by Herbert Edlin which I still use today. My observations then, have probably laid down the foundations for my lifetime career in land management, consultancy, forestry and conservation.
Throughout my career as a land manager working within the Commercial, Government and Charity sectors I have gained a wide and far reaching knowledge and experience in all classifications of landscapes, from the ancient woodlands and wetlands of Wiltshire with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, to the pine forests and moorlands of Glen Prosen. I have also had the opportunity to visit and study forestry systems in Sweden and Canada. In addition, I have had the opportunity to research forest garden permaculture and wood pasture systems at The James Hutton Institute.
I have had the delight of a loving, supportive family including my wife Wilma and two grown up children: Jayne & Nik both research doctors in Science and Conservation. In addition, to all this, I still find time to enjoy travel, walking and conservation."
Phil Slocombe – Head of Business Support & Development
"I am a qualified management accountant (ACMA) who is well versed in on time / on budget delivery of infrastructure and business transformation projects. I have also worked as a Procurement Director, focused on best value through collaboration and negotiation. I am delighted to work with the Trust after a career in industry, using these skills for a more worthwhile purpose.
I am also a Trustee of Citizens Advice in Nottingham, an organisation which helps one in three of the population resolve personal challenges at some point in their lives. Partly through this connection, I appreciate the benefits to personal wellbeing that involvement with nature brings, and would like to see the widest possible involvement of people with our movement. I've recently started an MA in Philanthropic Studies, which includes an academic dimension to this mutually beneficial process of giving and receiving.
Home life with my wife is mainly taken up with horses and chickens (my wife rides, I muck out!). We've recently planted 5 acres of native woodland, which is coming along nicely. I like to note the annual spread of cowslips, which reminds me of childhood on the Somerset Levels."
Liz Fleuty - Head of People and Nature
I was incredibly lucky to grow up in rural Staffordshire, so have always been surrounded by nature and enjoyed spending as much time outdoors as possible. Moving to Nottingham to study Social Sciences was a big change, and I became much more aware of the value of green spaces in and around the city.
On completing my degree I realised I needed to get back to the countryside, and started a training course in practical environmental skills where we worked on numerous Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserves. Deciding this was the career path for me, I then completed qualifications in countryside management and forestry at Brackenhurst College before working in the forestry sector where I spent a planting season helping to create the National Forest.
Since then, I've worked in a number of roles across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire focusing on connecting more people to nature, including a brief stint as a horseback warden in and around Newstead Village and managing the Lincolnshire Limewoods Project. Prior to joining Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, I worked as Community Engagement Manager for Canal & River Trust in the East Midlands.
In my spare time I am an enthusiastic triathlete, mainly so that I can enjoy the delicious baked goods from the cafes at Attenborough and Idle Valley. When I'm not swimming, cycling or running I enjoy a long walk in the countryside, a spot of photography and breadmaking.