I’m a zoologist by education, a parks and countryside manager by profession but a naturalist at heart.
I’ve had a passion for the natural world since an early age. It was sparked in my childhood by the animals I found near my home. This included things which are now considered rare and are specially protected. A degree in zoology from the University of Leeds followed. After graduating I spent time living at the Spurn Point National Nature Reserve continuing research and gaining valuable field experience.
I specialise in managing land for wildlife. However, as a senior local authority officer I was involved in many other work areas, both policy and operational. I have also worked in the private, charitable, financial services, heritage, health and retail sectors. Those posts complemented my local authority work and I found myself using many of my transferable skills. As a park and countryside manager I added formal parks and recreation grounds to my portfolio, managing a team responsible for over 2000 acres of open space on the fringe of London. I have managed almost every natural open space habitat within lowland Britain. I have a thorough working knowledge of our native plants, animals and habitats. At national policy level I was part of the government’s Urban Green Spaces Taskforce in the early 2000s.
In summary my career has covered being a:
- Curator in a natural history museum
- Habitat Surveyor for a wildlife trust
- Manager of an urban nature conservation project
- Parks and Countryside Manager for a local authority
- Environmental Policy Officer for a local authority
- Recreational Planning Consultant in the private sector
- Community Development Officer for a charity
- Wildlife and Educational Ranger for a local authority
- Plus various other short term roles in many sectors
Hobbies and interests
It is not all work for me. I am a keen supporter of the arts and a musician. I have volunteered on things as varied as being a Green Flag Award scheme judge to leading historic tours.