Staff

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North West Staff

Frances Cattanch - CEO

Frances provides leadership for North Wales Wildlife Trust activities, and reports to the Trust’s Council of trustees; she represents and promotes the Trust; managing our offices and staff and assisting the Boards of Directors in implementing the activities of the Trust’s two subsidiary companies, Enfys Ecology Ltd and NWWT Trading Ltd.

It was hearing a nightingale singing on Wildlife Trust nature reserve that first inspired me about the natural world, and led me to volunteering in my local woods, then an MSc in Ecology in Bangor. I was Conservation Officer with the Trust for many years, and now as Trust Director I am responsible for management, development and promotion of the Trust, ably supported by a fantastic team of staff and trustees.

 

 

Chris Wynne - Conservation Officer West

Chris is responsible for the effective management and protection of the Trust’s nature reserves in north-west Wales and in assisting the Trust in achieving its aims of conserving North Wales’ wildlife for the future. He achieves this through the management of conservation staff from the Trust’s Bangor office, reporting to our Conservation Committee (West), responding to threats to wildlife in north-west Wales, and standing up for wildlife through partnerships in the area.   

Chris is the Wildlife Trusts’ lead conservation officer in the North-west over seeing the management of 17 nature reserves and occasionally swings a slasher around as well. He is particularly concerned with the management of wetlands, grasslands and heathlands and is responsible for a number of our internationally important sites. Chris represents the Trust on a range of different partnerships and has worked at the UK level with various working groups. His favourite things are his family, real coffee, cakes, swimming and Sandwich terns. It is just about possible to get all of these together at once.

 

 

Rob Booth - Living Landscapes Officer

Rob works in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders to develop the Trust’s work with Living Landscapes. In particular he oversees and co-ordinates the management of Trust nature reserves (including Gwaith Powdwr) and develops the role of Trust nature reserves in Conwy and Gwynedd as key components of an ecological network. He aims to encourage community members local to our nature reserves to become supporters of the Wildlife Trust.

Originally from Aberystwyth, I moved to North Wales to enjoy the spectacular countryside and run a youth hostel. I arrived at the Trust via a volunteer internship training scheme run by the RSPB at Coombes Valley in Staffordshire. I now manage a wide range of habitats on our reserves in north-west Wales and enjoy spreading the conservation message at  events.

 

 

 

Nia Hâf Jones – Marine Awareness Officer

Nia increases local community awareness, understanding and involvement in marine conservation issues. She does this through articles and interviews to support various publicity campaigns; promoting community involvement in the delivery of marine and coastal Local Biodiversity Action Plans (LBAPs); creating public support for national campaigns such as WT’s Marine Bill Campaign, and Marine Week; assisting in the development of awareness and education resources; managing and co-ordinating volunteers and volunteer projects; and preparing applications for funding/grants.

My mind boggles when it comes to thinking about the sea and the weird things that live in it and in my attempt to get to grips with this, along with the realisation that my life was destined to become marine themed, I came to Bangor to study Zoology with Marine Zoology and followed this up with an MSc in Ecology. I became the Marine Awareness Officer at NWWT in 2007 having worked as a Marine Education Officer previously. I’m glad to tell you that my mind still boggles.
 

 

 

 

Ben Stammers - People and Wildlife Officer                                                                                                          

Ben plays a key role in raising awareness of habitat and species conservation in the Anglesey AONB through a programme of planned events and co-ordinated interpretation focussed on the management of one of Anglesey's coastal treasures; demonstrating the relevance of biodiversity conservation to local people and tourists; and demonstrating a sustainable approach to access management.

Born and brought up in N Wales, I first worked for NWWT in 1994 as the Cemlyn summer warden, and started as People and Wildlife Officer in 2004. The job involves work with schools, kids’ clubs, and a wide variety of different groups, communities, and individuals. The best bit is getting out in the field, and hopefully helping people have the kind of outdoor wildlife encounters that have shaped my own life.

 

 

 

Anna Williams –Wildlife Gardening Project Leader


Anna is responsible for the Snowdonia Gardening Partnership, through which she encourages and supports schools, communities and businesses in north-west Wales to get involved in creating and caring for wildlife gardens.
I have been working with the Wildlife Gardening Project since 2004. My work is varied including fund raising, organising and judging the wildlife garden competition, running wildlife discovery sessions and creating wildlife gardens with community groups or local schools. Originally from Sweden, I am now very attached to North Wales and I enjoy sharing my love for the natural world and gardening in English or Welsh.

 

 

 

Graeme Cotterill - Fundraising Director

Graeme is responsible for increasing the Trust’s income through a wide range of sources, including grants, appeals, and developing our membership income from both individuals and corporates.

Despite having spent much of the last ten years more engrossed in classical music than wildlife, I actually grew up as a Watch member at Gwent Wildlife Trust and joined NWWT as an adult in 2008. I began working for the Trust in 2012, and I am enjoying the opportunity to work with such dedicated staff and volunteer colleagues. In my spare time, I conduct and accompany choirs, I am the treasurer of my local church, and I listen to cricket commentary on the radio.

 

 

 

 

Bleddyn Williams - Membership Officer 

Bleddyn works from the Trust’s Bangor office, assisting in membership & information, carrying out administration and clerical work, assisting in the financial management of the Trust, and reception duties.

Started off volunteering for the Trust in 1998 and was asked by the then Director if I would like the job of Administration Officer and membership officer as the previous one was leaving and I have been here since then.  Hobbies - Fishing, music (of most types), golf and classic motor-cycles.Favourite Spot - Llŷn Peninsula especially Porthdinllaen

 

 

 

 

North East Staff

 

Adrian Lloyd Jones - Conservation Officer East

Adrian is responsible for the effective management and protection of the Trust’s nature reserves in north-east Wales and in assisting the Trust in achieving its aims of conserving North Wales’ wildlife for the future. He achieves this through the management of conservation staff in the Trust’s office at Pistyll Farm, near Mold, reporting to our Conservation Committee (East), responding to threats to wildlife in north-east Wales, and standing up for wildlife through partnerships in the area .   

I am from the Swansea Valley. I moved to London in 1991 where I gained a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife Conservation. In 1996 I spent a year as volunteer Assistant Conservation Officer with the NWWT and in 1999 worked at Conwy County Borough Council as Coed Conwy Officer and Biodiversity Officer. I started my current job in 2000, becoming full-time in 2003. I oversee wildlife conservation matters in NE Wales and manage the Welsh Beaver Project.

 

 

Iwan Edwards - Community Wildlife Officer North East

Iwan is responsible for the development, promotion and management of community and school wildlife projects in north-east Wales, including wildlife friendly churchyards, wildlife gardens, and orchards.   

Iwan has worked for North Wales Wildlife Trust since 2009; He has a background in both horticulture and ecology and is now the Community Wildlife officer for North-East Wales. His work promotes wildlife friendly, sustainable gardening and the management of orchards, allotments and community land as well as design, consultation and construction of new habitats, working with schools, communities and businesses.

 

 

Graham Berry - Reserve Officer (East).
Graham is responsible for carrying out the work programme on our nature reserves in north-east Wales, and deputising for Adrian when required.
 

 

Mike Klymko - Assistant Reserves Officer

Mike assists works from our north-east office and supports Graham (Reserve Officer) and Adrian (Conservation Officer) in their duties, in particular through running volunteering opportunities on our nature reserves. 

I became involved with the Trust as a volunteer in my home county of Nottinghamshire, I was attracted by the opportunity to be able to get involved in conservation with like-minded people locally. My varied background includes work in outdoor education, garden scheme coordinating, advocacy project development and programmes involving adults having learning difficulties. I retrained in conservation management at Bangor University, became a conservation project officer with the Snowdonia Society before becoming assistant reserves officer in the North East.

 

 

 

Rachael Watson - Halkyn Ranger (based with Flintshire County Coucil)
Rachael’s daily duties include amphibian surveys of wildlife ponds, leading walks for local schools and the public, monitoring the old lead mine shafts for health and safety issues, and cutting gorse or crushing bracken to improve the diversity of species on the common.
 

Enfys Staff

Rhian Hughes - Senior Ecologist

Rhian develops and manages the Enfys Ecology Ltd, the Trust’s environmental consultancy, securing, and undertaking environmental contract work.   

Rhian has worked for North Wales Wildlife Trust since 2007, initially as a conservation volunteer, then as Dormouse Project Officer from 2007 – 2010, still over-seeing the monitoring. Rhian has managed the Wildlife Trust Brown Hare Project and since 2010 she has been responsible for Enfys Ecology. Rhian holds licences for dormouse, bats and great crested newts and is a member of CIEEM.

 

 

 

Tim Yardley – Ecologist

Tim helps Rhian to develop Enfys Ecology Ltd, (the consultancy trading subsidiary of North Wales Wildlife Trust), to undertake survey work, and promote and secure work.

Tim joined Enfys Ecology in 2013 to assist Rhian running Enfys ecological projects. Tim is experienced in a range of ecological and protected species surveys, and is also a capable entomologist. While broadly specialising on freshwater invertebrates (including their use in water quality analysis) he has also carried out terrestrial invertebrate work in a variety of habitats. Tim holds a licence for great crested newts and is working towards bat and other protected species licences.