I have worked in conservation all my life, mainly with the Nature Conservancy Council, English Nature, the Countryside Agency and Natural England. I moved to Colwall in 1994 to work as Conservation Officer for Herefordshire. In this role I worked with the Conservators and other land owners to conserve the hills and was instrumental in starting the grazing project for which MHC and the Malvern Hills AONB gained Heritage Lottery Fund grant aid. Latterly, I worked on regional and then national conservation policy, before moving into management, giving me a good perspective on personnel and governance issues.
I took early redundancy in 2011 and spent 3 years focusing on my voluntary work. During this time I guided the Conservators through a full governance review.
I am now working 4 days a week as Senior Conservation Manager for the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, where I direct conservation policy, respond to all manner of consultations and enquiries, and seek funding for and manage conservation projects.
I am deeply committed to the Malvern Hills and the Conservators and have a keen interest in ensuring that both are managed to the highest possible standards.