My journey to WWT has been brilliant! A lover of all things outdoors and active, I’m super interested in the natural world and its people. This largely fuelled my decision to study Physical Geography at the University of Southampton and travel the world. I then kick-started an almost decade-long career working for conservation / social charities. Before life in WWT I worked for the National Trust for six years in three different roles, building lots of experience in project management, conservation, visitor experience, fundraising and communications. I’ve worked in sustainability projects at the University of Exeter and volunteered for social development charities.
I work on WWT’s ‘Two Valleys’ project out in the beautiful rural catchments of West Somerset. I work with local communities, landowners and contractors to deliver interventions and gain support for Natural Flood Management (NFM) through a range of engagement opportunities. I’m working on a catchment scale across two river catchments - the Monksilver and Doniford streams and in four priority parishes. The ultimate aim is to slow the flow of water downstream to Williton. This more natural way to help limit flooding also creates multiple benefits for nature and people through habitat creation and wellbeing. The project is also being scientifically monitored to help WWT gather an evidence base for the impact of NFM interventions, and we’re lucky to have some wonderful volunteers who are helping us with this.