My path to WWT has been a bit different to that of some of my colleagues. A love of history, storytelling, heritage and exploring led me to a BA in Classical Civilisation and Archaeology and an MA in Museum and Heritage Management. My career began at Creswell Crags, an internationally important Ice Age archaeological site in north Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire, where I would lead cave tours, deliver educational sessions and curate the temporary exhibition programme.
I went on to work for a variety of museum and heritage organisations, including the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Natural History Museum, and the British Museum, delivering visitor experiences, exhibitions, public events and learning programmes. Increasingly I began to work more on natural history content and developed a love for sharing stories about the natural world; bringing people and wildlife together.
I joined WWT Consulting in August 2016 as a Principal Consultant, with a particular focus on Visitor Centre Planning projects. My work included project managing the design and build of the Severn Valley Country Park visitor centre extension; the delivery of interpretation and audience development plans for HLF-funded Landscape Partnership Schemes in Denbighshire and the North York Moors National Park; masterplans for a number of Chinese wetland park; and the delivery of a two day training course on nature interpretation before the Fifth China Nature Education Forum.
As part of the International Programmes team in the Conservation Programme Office, I now apply specialist skills and expertise in order to undertake a range of external Wetland Centre and associated interpretation projects at sites along WWT’s priority global flyways.