I have loved animals since I was a fledgling and today I'm passionate about enabling wildlife charities to tell powerful conservation stories that can make a difference to our planet. If I don't answer your email, I am probably in Africa!
After achieving a first-class degree in anthropology at UCL,
I joined Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) where I spent several years recording badger behaviour and vocalisations at the sett.
My first publishing job was on partwork magazine Wildlife of Britain in Hammersmith. My second was launching a membership mag Mammals UK for the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES), a wildlife charity in Battersea.
It was a dream come true when I joined BBC Wildlife Magazine in Bristol. I soon took over as Editor, piloting the title through nearly 10 years of dramatic changes in an increasingly challenging market.
After leaving BBC Wildlife I travelled around Africa for several months, writing stories for various magazines. When I returned, the RSPB were waiting for me to help relaunch their membership magazine Nature's Home (previously Birds).
In 2014, I became Consultant Editor on WWF-UK's magazines, Action and Impact, transforming them into beautiful, engaging and inspiring celebrations of the charity's incredible work. In 2016, I took on WWF's kids' mag Go Wild. I adore this magazine and love engaging children with wildlife in fun, creative and interactive ways.
Somehow I found the time to develop the magazine concept for the short-lived BBC Earth Magazine, then in 2016, I took over as Editor of Waterlife, the membership magazine of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT). The publication now works hard to engage supporters and showcase the expertise behind WWT's centres around the UK.
I've been working with The Wildlife Trusts since 2015, but this autumn we finally began revisioning their flagship magazine Natural World, the content from which is shared with all 46 Trusts. I am now busy producing a new look that will share their stories and priorities more powerfully, engage their supporters and streamline the production process.
From the charity's launch in 2015 to October 2018, I was Communications Manager for Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB). I was initially commissioned to build a brand for RCB and create a new website, but the role swiftly grew into so much more. For the past three years, I have helped this small charity to punch above its weight internationally, assisted with the growth of a community programme, developed the highest standards of supporter engagement,
and built the foundations of a secure financial future. The role has now been taken in-house to RCB's HQ in Maun, which is in line with the charity's long-term goal to empower the Botswana people to run the charity independently.
PHOTOGRAPHY & JUDGING
For 10 years, as BBC Wildlife editor, I judged the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and every year I'm honoured to join the juries of many other leading international competitions (details here).
In 2018, I was proud to join the Advisory Board for Wildscreen and help to integrate still photography into the DNA of Europe's biggest natural history film festival. As advisor, I helped to develop and launch Wildscreen's first Photo Story Panda Award and was honoured to act as Chair of the jury.
Since its launch in 2015, I have supported bioGraphic, the California Academy of Science's stunning natural history website. As Contributing Photo Editor from 2015–2017) I helped source the world's best wildlife stories and single images, and wrote features for this beautiful, positive and thought-provoking website.
In 2015, I was honoured to be on the jury of the inaugural (and, as it turned out, only) Por el Planeta competition at the invitation of Cristina Mittermeier and Paul Nicklen. I then went on to write and produce the stunning Por el Planeta book, from design through to print.
2015 was a busy year, as I organised a London exhibition of the world's best cheetah photography to raise awareness and funds for Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia.
SOME OF THE MAGAZINES I HAVE WORKED ON: