Clare Dinnis

Director of Wetland Conservation

Contact details

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About me

I joined WWT at the start of 2024 after spending pretty much of my career to date working for the Environment Agency. Whilst there I moved around, covering water resources, water quality, flood risk management, incident management and waste regulation. I also did a mixture of operational delivery and policy shaping roles – with a lot of collaboration and reputation management built in.

I am a passionate advocate for collaboration - believing we can do more together than any one of us can be alone. I want to tell the story of wetland superpowers and WWT’s work to protect and enhance them, in a clear and compelling way that inspires others to act.

I am passionate about understanding what drives and shapes people, striving for EDI in all that we do. For my part, I am at my happiest in nature – preferably in, on or near water!

My role

I lead the Wetland Conservation Directorate and my primary focus is on our part in delivering WWT’s vision of a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives. Working to support both the environment and communities being directly affected by our changing climate is definitely part of what inspired me to join WWT to build climate resilience in a way that harnesses the multi-layered benefits wetlands can provide.

My role is to work across the Conservation Directorate to help steer, shape, unstick and deliver the great work WWT does. I have the privilege of advocating for WWT’s work with our partners and I love hearing about what WWT is doing so I can help achieve our ambitions to restore wetlands through partnership, inspire others to act with us and make sure WWT thrives whatever the future brings.

Experience and interests

  • Leadership skills and approaches - including mentoring and coaching.
  • Climate resilience - from adaptive pathway planning to working with communities.
  • Stakeholder facilitation and engagement – including co-creation & design.
  • Anything to do with water – work or leisure related.
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