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:

Rebecca Wrigley, Director

Rebecca WrigleyRebecca is one of the founders of Rewilding Britain and is maternity cover for director, Helen Meech. She has worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 23 years, 15 years at senior management level. 

Rebecca has developed, managed and implemented conservation and community development programmes at local, national and international levels in the UK, Mexico, Uganda and New Zealand. Her particular expertise is engaging local communities in decision-making about the land and its resources.

Alastair Driver, Director - England and Wales

Alastair is well known in conservation and catchment management circles. He was appointed as the first ever conservation officer for the Thames catchment in 1984 and held that role for 18 years. 

Alastair was Head of Conservation for the Environment Agency 2002-2016. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and is an Honorary Professor in Applied Environmental Management at the University of Exeter. 

Rewilding Britain Board of Trustees

We are a charity governed by a Board of Trustees. The present board comprises

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.