I have loved animals since I was a fledgling and today I'm a passionate conservation communicator with more than 25 years’ publishing experience in both commercial and charity magazines. I am busy helping to tell the stories that make a difference to our planet (so if I don't answer your email, I am probably in Africa!)
TELLING STORIES THAT MATTER
I was the Editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine in Bristol for nearly 10 years, piloting the title through dramatic changes in an increasingly challenging market. I turned around dwindling newsstand sales, launched the magazine's website and podcasts, and oversaw the shift from film to digital photography.
During this time, I helped co-manage and judge the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. I have also served on the juries of (almost!) all leading natural history photo competition in the world, including the World Press Photo Award (details here).
I now help leading conservation charities to improve supporter engagement and loyalty through the power of visual storytelling. I am honoured to provide my services as a Consultant Editor to the following charities, helping them to transform their loyalty communications into powerful voices for their brand values, and improve supporter engagement and loyalty through the power of visual storytelling:
Natural History Museum (July–today) Evolve magazine
WWF-UK (2014–today) Action and Impact and
kids' mag Go Wild and 24 adoption updates for adults
and children Adopt An Animal
London Wildlife Trust (2019–today) Wild London
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) (2016–today)
The Wildlife Trusts (2018–2020) Natural World
RSPB (2013–2014) Nature's Home (previously Birds)
Moor Trees (2021)
The Tree Council (2021–today)
For several years, I helped to launch and contributed to the California Academy of Science’s digital natural history website, bioGraphic.com as a Contributing Photo Editor and feature writer. This autumn will see the release of a new book SEEING IT ALL, a celebration of visionary women photographers.
Between 2015 and 2018, I helped to launch and establish Prince Harry’s charity Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) in the international conservation arena. As Communications Director, I created a strong brand identity, built a beautiful and immersive website and produced inspiring literature and grew a global community of donors and partners for its mission to give wild rhinos a future in Botswana. It was my goal to help this small charity to punch above its weight, and I achieved this by developing a community programme that will support local people to live with wildlife, setting the highest standards of supporter care, and building the foundations of a secure financial future.
Sadly, due to the Government's change of policy, and the pandemic, almost all the rhinos reintroduced to northern Botswana have since been poached or removed to a more secure location. RCB continues to support wild rhinos
As an Advisor to Wildscreen in Bristol, I helped launch the Festival’s first Photo Story Panda Award in 2018, chaired the prestigious jury of leading conservation photojournalists, and contributed to a new direction for the photographic side of the Festival. I also developed the original concept behind the promising but sadly short-lived BBC Earth Magazine.
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.
SOME OF THE MAGAZINES I HAVE WORKED ON: