Rewilding Britain announces senior hire from National Trust

Rewilding Britain has appointed its first Director. Helen Meech will head up the independent charity which launched last month and campaigns to restore nature and reintroduce missing species.

Helen joins on 28 September from the National Trust where she is 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 also holds an MSc in Conservation from University College London.

Her post is being hosted for an initial period by Friends of the Earth who also supported the recruitment process – reflecting the two environmental charities shared vision to see a restoration in the abundance of nature.

Rewilding Britain is also recruiting a Scotland-based Director to manage relationships with different stakeholders and opinion-formers to drive forward rewilding in Scotland.

Rebecca Wrigley, Programme Manager, Rewilding Britain said:

“We are delighted to appoint Helen, coming as she does with such fantastic experience in both imaginative public engagement and robust stakeholder management. After two years of consultation, preparation and fund-raising, we are ready for take-off and judging by the huge response to our website and media coverage, it is not a minute too soon.”

Helen Meech, Incoming Director, Rewilding Britain added:

“My ambition for Rewilding Britain is to create a people-powered movement for the wild, which captures hearts as well as minds. This will require new alliances, new approaches to land management and new forms of funding for nature. I’m passionate about helping people find more time for the wild in their lives and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”

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