WWT’s Director of Conservation

About me

I am currently WWT's Director of Conservation, based at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire. I have had previous roles as the RSPB's Director for Eastern England, Head of Nature Policy, Director for Northern Ireland, and Conservation Manager for Northern Ireland, at WWT as Head of Wetland Biodiversity Unit, as Research Assistant at the University of Durham and as Lecturer at Bishop Burton College. I have a BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences and PhD in seabird ecology, both from the University of Durham.


I lead WWT's brilliant Conservation Directorate, making sure the team delivers measurable conservation outcomes in line with the organisation's strategy. I also sit on WWT's Management Board, contributing to Trust-wide matters and inspiring all staff and volunteers. Our vision is a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives. Our mission is to conserve, restore and create wetlands, save wetland wildlife, and inspire everyone to value the amazing things healthy wetlands ace ice for people and nature. My job is to work with conservation teams, colleagues in other parts of the organisation, and our partners and collaborators to make this happen.


  • Executive leadership and management of large and dispersed teams (220+ staff plus large volunteer base), balanced scorecard development and transformational organisation design
  • Developing, leading and managing large (£15m plus) budgets and projects
  • Developing conservation strategy and translating into global/country/regional implementation
  • Building effective relationships with critical stakeholders and forming partnerships that deliver shared objectives
  • Policy development and advocacy (UK, all-Ireland, International)
  • Large-scale habitat creation and restoration, including climate change adaptation


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Robinson, J.A. 2006. Coordinating conservation action across the Atlantic: development of a Flyway management Plan for the East Canadian High Arctic Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota. Waterbirds around the world. Eds. G.C. Boere, C.A. Galbraith, & D.A. Stroud. The Stationery Office, Edinburgh. Pp. 614-618.

Robinson, J.A. & Pollitt, M.S. 2002. Sources and extent of human disturbance to waterbirds in the UK: an analysis of Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) data, 1995/96-1998/99. Bird Study 49: 205-211.

Robinson, J.A., Aldridge, N.S., Wright, L. & Culzac, L.G. 2003. Invertebrate food supply and breeding success of Mallards at flooded gravel quarries in southern Britain. Ardea 91: 3-9.

Robinson, J.A., Kershaw, M., Worden, J. & Cranswick, P. 2006. Britain’s first Winter River Bird Survey: a new approach to surveying waterbirds on linear waterways. Waterbirds around the world. Eds. G.C. Boere, C.A. Galbraith, & D.A. Stroud. The Stationery Office, Edinburgh. Pp. 476-477.