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North West Staff
Frances Cattanach - Trust Director
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 and coastal conservation issues through articles, interviews and events to support various regional and national campaigns. She develops awareness and educational resources, manages and co-ordinates volunteers and volunteer projects and assists in 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.
Dawn Thomas - Living Seas Awareness Officer
Dawn enthuses people about our coastal wildlife through our Underwater Wales Project. The aim is that everyone living near or visiting the coasts in North Wales has the opportunity to learn more about its vibrant and exciting wildlife. Through a wide range of events, school programmes and online resources we want to spread our love of the sea.
I was born and raised on Anglesey and spent my summers on the beach with family and friends, swimming and playing then all winter battling the sideward winds to take the dogs for walks. I came back to North West Wales in 2001 for a BSc in Ecology at Bangor, studying fish personalities, but of our freshwater stickleback not our marine ones. After studying personalities further I began volunteering with the North Wales Wildlife Trust in the summer of 2011. I started work as the Living Seas Awareness Officer in summer 2015 and am very glad to be back and barefoot on a beach.
Chris Baker, People and Wildlife Manager
Chris leads the co-ordination of the Wild Welsh Coasts Project, ensuring that it is fully integrated into the organisation and in line with NWWT’s Strategic Development Plan. With the support of the various People & Wildlife project staff he ensures that the requirements of the funders are met through the management of budgets and project strategies.
I have a real passion for the outdoors, having grown up in North Wales with the mountains and coast on my doorstep. After studying marine and freshwater biology at Aberystwyth University I travelled the world and spent a number of years planning and delivering life-changing overseas expeditions for high school and college groups from across the UK. I am now fortunate enough to be able to combine my passion for the natural world with my professional experience in youth development through my role at the North Wales Wildlife Trust.
Eurig Jones, Youth Project Officer
Eurig is a youth project officer for the wild Welsh coasts project. His goal is to enthuse and inspire young people within coastal communities of north west of Wales between Bangor and Meirionnydd, whilst developing cohesive communities through environmental awareness and skill development.
Having lived in North Wales most of my life, I have developed a passionate interest and a sense of social responsibility for researching and protecting the vast array of environments Wales has to offer. From an early age I was captivated by nature, and by spending my early years in Papua New Guinea I was given an exciting and rare introduction into the beauty and wonder of the natural world, firstly developing my interest in entomology, until I went snorkelling for the first time. For me, snorkelling was an eye opening experience and it is still a fresh and vivid memory which first sparked my interest and passion in learning about the marine environment. I have studied a BSc and an MSc at Bangor university, the latter in Marine Environmental Protection. I am currently undertaking a part time Master’s degree in community development. Having started at the NWWT in July 2016 I am excited to have the opportunity to inspire the next generation to learn and shape their futures in tune with their environment.
Louise Emslie, Youth Project Officer
I’m originally from Scotland, but the various things I’ve done, people I’ve met and places I’ve been in the past few years has somehow landed me in beautiful North Wales. The common thread in all of my choices has been an affinity for the natural environment and a desire to spend as much time as I possibly can in the outdoors – getting wet, getting muddy, getting sand between my toes! Initially I studied BA Fine Art, for which the inspiration always stemmed from the natural world. I then moved to Iceland to undertake an MSc Environment and Natural Resources, where I was also lucky enough to work for the Environment Agency there exploring a breathtakingly beautiful country. Last year, I moved to North Wales to start a traineeship at Plas y Brenin (The National Mountain Centre) to gain practical outdoor qualifications and experience working in the outdoor industry. All of this has culminated in me working for the North Wales Wildlife Trust on a new and exciting project with young people, encouraging them to explore and discover the outstanding coast that’s on our doorstep. Needless to say, I’m excited about what’s to come!
Andy O'Callaghan, Youth Project Officer
As Youth Project Officer with Wild Welsh Coasts I will be working with young people aged between 11 and 19, helping them to facilitate the maintenance and formation of existing and undiscovered conservation sites, help them run projects, and enable them to gain experience of a green economy with plenty of fun and adventure along the way!
I have lived in North Wales for 21 years, and have had a keen interest in marine and terrestrial wildlife since finding a dead cat shark on the beach at 5 years old. I knew from then I needed to know more about the natural world, and the experience eventually led me onto my degree in Marine Biology/Zoology joint hons which I completed in 2014. Throughout my later high school life and university, I also developed a passion for youth work and equality and have spent the last 7 years being a part of, volunteering and working for youth work and equality organisations across the region, influencing the lives of young people.
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 – Education and Community Officer
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.
Caroline Bateson - Membership and Events Officer
I first came to North Wales for an Msc in Rural Resource Management at Bangor and was blown away by the landscape and wildlife here. I went away to work as a Research Associate at Portsmouth University but then hurried back to work for the RSPB. I lived and worked as Visitor Officer at South Stack for many years before setting up my own business Anglesey Wildlife Walks.
I started volunteering for the Trust about a year ago and was amazed at the range of work they do and inspired by the welcoming and dedicated staff. So I am now very happy to be a staff member myself and look forward to going out and about spreading the word and inspiring people to support the Trust through membership.
There is nothing I like more than being outside enjoying wildlife, walking, sea swimming, sketching, gardening, camping and having beach time with my children and friends.
Gillian Wilkinson - Membership and Events Officer
Hailing originally from South Yorkshire, I have worked for Conservation Charities for almost 20 years, starting as a full time volunteer and then as an education officer for the Sheffield Wildlife Trust. Moving to South Wales in 2003 I worked as an activity leader for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and then for the National Trust at the Stackpole Estate.
I am keen to share and promote the brilliant work of the NWWT with the good folk of NE Wales and encourage their support through membership.
I love walking in the Clwyd Valley and being near, on, and in the sea.
Bich Jones - Finance Officer
Bich ensures the day-to-day financial management of the North Wales Wildlife Trust and its subsidiary companies is carried out in accordance with statutory regulations and good accounting practice.
Bleddyn Williams - Trust Administrator
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.
Penny Garnett - Trading Officer
Penny manages the day-to-day operations of the Wildlife Trust’s trading subsidiary company, including the two volunteer-run retail outlets at the Great Orme and Breakwater Country Park. She is also working to develop the potential of the opportunities to shop via the NWWT website.
Penny first worked for NWWT more years ago than she cares to remember and has come full circle to work again for them having taken early retirement from local government. Her passions are travelling in France and Spain and tending her garden in the wilds of Snowdonia.
Ian Campbell – Communications Officer
Ian manages our communications through our website, Natur (and other Trust, publications) social networking, press releases, and our attendance at events.
Katy Haines - Volunteer Coordinator
Katy co-ordinates all volunteer activity and engages with volunteers across the Trust’s work.
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. He is currently one of a network of UK Community scientist with the Open Air Laboratories OPAL partnership, promoting citizen science in Wales and engaging the public in collecting scientific data for a series of national surveys.
Iwan has worked for North Wales Wildlife Trust since 2009; with a background in ecology and horticulture, his work promotes wildlife friendly, sustainable gardening and the management of community green spaces such as meadows, orchards, churchyards and community gardens. Hi role also includes the design, consultation and construction of new wildlife habitats, working with local authorities, 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.
Jonny Hulson, Living Landscape Officer – Wrexham Industrial Estate
I work with businesses, landholders, farmers and community groups on and around the Wrexham Industrial Estate, advising on conservation land management and improving connectivity for wildlife across one of the largest industrial areas in the UK. This involves carrying out surveys for conservation priority species, mapping habitats and drawing up management prescriptions for businesses operating on the industrial estate.
I have a background in communications and media production, working for IUCN and the BBC. My involvement with the Trust started in 2008, when I started volunteering on nature reserve management tasks and carrying out species surveys with the North Wales Dormouse Project. I’ve since been involved in many of the Trust’s wider work as a local branch secretary, assisting ecologists at Enfys Ecology and developing scoping studies for our Living Landscape schemes.
Lyn Byrne - (INNS) Project Manager for the Dee Catchment
Lyn manages the Dee Invasive Non-native Species Action (INNS) Project, which aims to implement co-ordinated catchment-wide control of INNS within the Dee catchment in Wales. She carries this out through management action underpinned by surveillance, awareness raising and biosecurity action planning. All these are identified actions within the DINNS Strategic Action Plan.
Lyn Byrne joined the Trust in October 2012 as part of a 6 month secondment from Cheshire Wildlife Trust to develop an invasive Species Strategy for the River Dee catchment. This strategy has led to the development of the Dee Invasive Non-Native Species Project for which Lyn is the Project Officer.
Mark Hudson - (INNS) Project Officer for the Dee Catchment
Mark is responsible for the field aspects of the Dee Invasive Non-native Species (DINNS) Project, which aims to implement co-ordinated catchment-wide control of INNS within the Dee catchment in Wales and England. As DINNS Project Officer, he provides awareness of the project and its aims through workshops and roadshows at events in the region, and is responsible for supporting volunteer groups that undertake work on the project.
Mark, is from Chester, he started work in conservation by studying for a BSc in Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University, after taking voluntary redundancy from a career in telecoms in 2005. Since this time Mark, has worked on various INNS related projects, including rat eradication for 6 years on the Isle of Rum, Scotland and surveillance of ash dieback throughout Central England.
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.