By background a tree hugger; my love of nature goes back to that point as a young child when I was shown what these strange animals on a woodland floor were, how I could identify them, how they worked as part of the habitat. This interest in the link between nature and people has led me through academia, consultancy and third sector agencies exploring the intersect between ecology and economy, nature and management, arts and science.
Currently Enterprise Fellow in the Department of Geography at Northumbria University, working on developing practical tools for incorporating ecosystem services into decision making, and sustainable land management in degraded landscapes. I am also Chair of the Training and Education Committee for the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Previously I was Deputy Director of the Biodiversity and Landscape History Research Institute, Principal Consultant at Hallam Environmental Consultants, Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield Hallam and Greenwich Universities.
Current Projects include:
The Skill Mill – harnessing environmental engagement to bring ex-young offenders back into their communities http://theskillmill.org/