I have loved animals since I was a fledgling and now I tell stories that engage people with wildlife, animal welfare and conservation. Photography is a personal passion and I travel the world as a wildlife photo judge and photo guide.
After achieving a first-class degree in anthropology at UCL,
I joined a long-term badger study at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) where I spent several years recording their behaviour.
My first publishing job was on a partwork magazine called Wildlife of Britain in Hammersmith. My second was launching a membership magazine 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, and 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 a few months then helped the RSPB to relaunch their membership magazine Nature's Home (previously Birds) and produced a 40-page digital magazine for Secret World Wildlife Rescue.
In 2014, I became Consultant Editor on WWF-UK's magazines, Action and Impact, transforming them into rich, engaging and inspiring celebrations of the charity's conservation efforts. In June 2016, I added WWF's kids' mag Go Wild to my stable of titles – it's a really fun magazine and I love engaging children with wildlife in creative and interactive ways.
I was thrilled to be asked to edit Waterlife, the membership magazine of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in June 2016. I'm delighted to be working with a wonderful team to tell amazing stories, both in print and online.
Somehow I still find time to help The Wildlife Trusts, BBC Earth and other publishers with developing, revitalising and revisioning their magazines.
PHOTOGRAPHY & JUDGING
For nearly 10 years, as BBC Wildlife editor, I judged the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and many other photo contests around the globe. In 2016, I judged BigPicture and the Mammal Society Photo Contest (details here) and began offering portfolio reviews and 1-2-1 coaching.
I wrote and produced the Por el Planeta commemorative book (2015), and organised an exhibition of the world's best cheetah photography to raise awareness and funds for CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia) in London in 2015.
Now I am embarking on new challenges – one of which is as Contributing Photo Editor to bioGraphic, the California Academy of Science's new natural history website.
The other is as a photo guide for C4 Safaris, Africa's leading photography travel company. Next October, I'll be coaching small groups of photographers on take their images to the next level, get published and win competitions.
I am increasing being asked to help advise and grow charitable projects these days.
I am so proud to be Communications Director for Rhino Conservation Botswana and Map Ives, the National Rhino Co-ordinator of Botswana. It's a cause close to my heart and I'm thrilled to help grow the charity's brand, website, outreach and fundraising activities. Watch out for our new website launching soon!
I'm also excited to be working with one of Norway's leading photographers, Ole Jorgen Liodden, on his new project – Penguin World – as Media Manager.
SOME OF THE MAGAZINES I HAVE WORKED ON: