Our people

Rewilding is all about people believing that we can take a better approach to nature

Rewilding Britain only exists because people wanted us to. We began as an idea in 2013 following the publication of George Monbiot’s book, Feral. Inspired by those pioneering rewilding in Britain, Feral brought rewilding to a wider audience. It prompted discussion, controversy and excitement among conservationists, land managers and the general public.

People started getting in touch with George telling him there was a need for a new organisation to push rewilding in Britain. This prompted consultation among a wide range of people and organisations. Two years and a lot of hard work later, Rewilding Britain was born.

We're a charity registered in Scotland, England and Wales. We're governed by a board of trustees. 

Our staff includes:

Helen Meech, Director

Helen Meech, DirectorHelen came to Rewilding Britain from the National Trust where she was Assistant Director, Outdoors and Nature Engagement. Helen has worked in the natural  environment policy and campaigns sector for the last 10 years, most recently leading the National Trust’s public engagement on nature, including the award-winning 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 campaign. 

She has significant experience in collaboration and stakeholder management and brought together film-makers, NGOs, businesses and charitable foundations for the 2013 documentary feature-film Project Wild Thing. She holds an MSc in Conservation from University College London.

David Balharry, Scotland Director

David Balharry, Scotland Director David was a branch head in the Agriculture and Rural Development Division of the Scottish Government working on rural policy issues. He brings a wide range of practical skills and professional experience to the post. 

His career includes two years in the private sector promoting sustainable management on sporting estates, and over 20 years in the public sector. He has held roles in research, administration, policy development and regulation with Scottish Natural Heritage, the Deer Commission for Scotland, the Crofting Commission and the Scottish Government. 

David grew up in rural Scotland in the villages of Kinlochewe, Newtonmore and Alford. He originally trained as a scientist at the University of Aberdeen and holds an honours degree in Zoology and a PhD in Ecology.

Thanks to our friends and funders

We are hugely grateful to our key funders. Rewilding Britain couldn’t have got off the ground without the financial support of these organisations.

  • Lund Trust
  • The Ecology Trust
  • Esmée Fairbairn
  • Garfield Weston
  • Mark and Mo Constantine

We owe thanks to George Monbiot who remains a key supporter. In addition, a lot of people and organisations are giving invaluable on-going advisory support and guidance to Rewilding Britain. Thank you all.