I have loved animals since I was a fledgling and today I'm passionate about helping wildlife charities tell stories that matter. If I don't answer your email, I am probably in Africa!
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 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 then helped the RSPB to 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 acquired WWF's kids' mag Go Wild – I love engaging children with wildlife in creative and interactive ways. Bring on the conservation board games!
Somehow I found the time to develop the magazine concept behind 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 with the rich wildlife, and importance, of wetlands and showcase the expertise behind WWT's centres around the UK.
I am also working closely with The Wildlife Trusts to review their various loyalty communications and develop ways to streamline processes and share their incredible stories in the most powerful way possible.
I am so proud to be Communications Manager for Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB). It's a cause close to my heart and I'm blessed to work with a dynamic and forward-looking team determined to save rhinos from extinction.
What started out as a commission to create RCB's beautiful website has grown into so much more. Now I'm busy developing the charity's brand and fundraising activities, developing new partnerships, producing our community and children educational materials, liaising with the Palace about our Royal Patron Prince Harry, writing stories and press releases, and occasionally cuddling our rhino protection dogs... the list goes on.
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. I've judged BigPicture for the past five years and every year I'm honoured to join the juries of other international competitions (details here). This year, I am proud to have helped Wildscreen launch its first Photo Story Panda Award and honoured to act as Chair of the jury.
Since its launch, I have helped to shape bioGraphic, the California Academy of Science's stunning natural history website, as Contributing Photo Editor. I source the world's best wildlife stories and single images, and write features, for this beautiful, positive and thought-provoking website.
I also help photographers to take their work to the next level – in publications and competitions – as a photo guide for C4 Safaris, Africa's leading photography travel company, and through occasional portfolio reviews and 1-2-1 coaching sessions (when I have time).
In 2015, I wrote and produced the stunning Por el Planeta book, and 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: