The Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP) supports a diverse range of innovative landscape restoration projects across Europe. As Capacity and Network Coordinator, I lead on strengthening the capacity of ELP grantees to deliver landscape restoration, and building a network of grantees for exchanging knowledge, expertise and experiences of restoration. I previously worked as ELP Programme Coordinator, and have been with the ELP since 2018.
Born and raised in South Yorkshire, on the outskirts of the Peak District, I’ve always had a fascination for wild places and nature. I studied my BSc Zoology at the University of Manchester, and during my time there undertook conservation-development work in Scotland, Greece, Belize and Kenya. I also volunteered as a wildlife rehabilitator for six months in western Canada, working with native species including black bears, raccoons and otters. After working in London for two years, I escaped the big smoke to read an MSc in Environment and Development at University of Leeds, graduating in 2017. My job is rooted in the restoration of nature and landscapes, but my passion for revival and recovery extends to mental and psychological health too; I’m fascinated by the myriad ways people can interact and connect with landscapes.