Our team

We’re a small team working with a unified passion that rewilding can help reconnect people with the natural world, enrich our lives and help tackle the devastating loss of biodiversity and climate emergency.

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Alastair Driver - Director

Alastair travels all over England and Wales to lead our national policy and influencing work, alongside giving on the ground advice to large landowners in England and Wales. He raises the profile of Rewilding Britain and our ambition through public speaking, events and media interviews.

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. He 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.

A former 1st class rugby player for London Irish, Alastair is now a fanatical all-round naturalist and self-confessed moth-botherer — trapping and recording moths for over 50 years.

Fun fact: Ali’s Pond Local Nature Reserve in Sonning, Berkshire is named after Alastair from his time creating and managing this community nature reserve. 

Darren Sheffield - Website and Digital Media Manager

Darren leads the development of our website, as well as many of the digital systems we use across the organisation. Always focused on improving the performance and efficiency of our work and systems, he helps drive Rewilding Britain’s data-focussed approach. 

Darren has 20 years’ experience in various digital roles, from working for large global media agencies to running his own agency and consultancy. He has volunteered and campaigned for various environmental charities, and also has a keen interest in cycling, climbing, football and anything that gets him outdoors. Recently he’s hung up his football boots to become the coach of his son’s football team. 

Fun fact: Darren is a qualified search and rescue diver.

Duncan Grossart - Development

As part of the fundraising and development team, Duncan works closely with our donors and corporate partners, and also on the financing of rewilding through public, private and enterprise models. 

A zoology graduate and lifelong conservationist, Duncan has a great love of nature, wilderness, travel and photography. His career spans award-winning entrepreneurship through to travel and environmental causes. He is the Founder and Managing Director of immersive wildlife conservation travel experience company Journeys With Purpose.

Duncan’s rewilding and landscape-scale restoration experience includes work with WildEast, The European Nature Trust and Rewilding Europe. He is also a Trustee of the Pelorus Foundation, a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, Royal Geographical Society, Royal Society for Asian Affairs and Scientific Exploration Society, and a member of the Green Angel Syndicate and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Fun fact: At the age of seven, Duncan was a groom for a pony and trap on children’s TV show Magpie.

Emma Sirett - Fundraiser (Individual Giving)

Emma works on our individual giving programmes, managing relationships with our individual donors and supporters, encouraging and supporting our fundraisers, and making sure anyone who donates to us has the best experience possible.

Emma has worked in the charity sector for over 15 years, with particular experience in engaging corporate employees in their local communities via employee volunteering and CSR programmes, and in providing administrative support for internal operations including finance, HR and data management.

Fun fact: Emma was awarded a Blue Peter badge at the age of 10, for an engaging written piece on the dangers of litter to wildlife.

Hannah Bullock - Content Manager

Hannah is our chief storyteller, leading the creation of exciting content that’s designed to inspire our audiences to get involved, to take practical action and to influence change with us.

With a background in environmental communications and digital content, including at Forum for the Future and the Eden Project, Hannah loves the challenge of transforming complex issues into living, breathing content, helping to create the world we want to see.

Fun fact: Hannah is a keen Ultimate frisbee player. 

Hilary Cross - Brand and Communications Lead

Hilary oversees our brand and communications. Her role is to ensure the small comms team has the skills, resources and tools they need to inspire and inform people about rewilding and how to get involved in helping to create a better, wilder world. She led the development of our new website and our brand to ensure more people understand what we do and engage with us. 

Hilary has nearly 30 years’ experience working in charities, both national and international, in issues from the arts to animal welfare, from prison education to health. She loves film and theatre, walking and cycling, social justice and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. She always has at least three books on the go.

Fun Fact: Hilary joined an operation to rescue 15 emaciated dancing’ bears chained overnight in a park in Turkey. In celebration she ended up belly-dancing on a stage in Istanbul.

Juliet Knight - Finance and Operations Administrator

Juliet works in the finance and operations team, providing support to our staff and board of trustees with all things related to operations, finance and HR.

For the past decade she has been running her own business, an ethically-based fishing company on Scotland’s west coast. She brings a wealth of hands-on experience of the marine sector and the challenges of running an environmental business.

Having grown up in the Scottish islands, Juliet has a strong connection to the natural environment and a firm belief that the regeneration of nature and communities can go hand in hand.

Fun fact: Juliet lived for a year at sea with her two children when they were just four and seven, sailing over 10,000 offshore miles.

Karen Statham - Communications Assistant

Karen supports our communications team, helping ensure our content is flowing, on brand and inspiring and engaging our audiences.

With more than 15 years experience in communication roles in the private and not for profit sectors, she plays a vital role in the team, from producing copy, sourcing images, and creating graphics to using digital monitoring and reporting tools.

Karen is passionate about nature’s recovery and the key role which rewilding plays, and is currently Vice Chair of Northumberland Wildlife Trust and a Trustee for their ecological consultancy EcoNorth.

Fun fact: Karen has a classic 1972 Westfalia Volkswagen Campervan called Hastings.

Kate Barclay - Fundraising Lead

Kate looks after all things fundraising and development. She works hard to generate our income to cover everything we do and to make sure we can deliver on our ambitious strategy. She nurtures relationships with a host of Trusts, Foundations, individual donors and companies and businesses and supports our fundraisers and legacy givers. Kate helps shape the way we report on the impact of our work and where our money goes. She also looks after our supporters and writes an impressive grant bid! 

Kate has over 15 years experience in fundraising and development for NGOs, CICs, Social Enterprises and small charities across various sectors (esp. environment, health, welfare, youth).

Having grown up on a hill farm in the highlands of Scotland, Kate loves the outdoors. She spends most of her spare time dragging three children and one very enthusiastic dog out for walks in all weathers. 

Fun fact: Kate was a bit of a traveller in her youth and can still speak a tiny bit of the Tibetan, Polish and Chichewa she tried to learn whilst working in different places over the years.

Kate Dawson - Digital Comms Lead

Kate is Rewilding Britain’s digital comms specialist, leading on spreading the rewilding message across ever-changing online platforms, from social media to website to email campaigns. 

With a background in online content production, she’s focussed on ensuring that our digital content engages the right people, helping them along their rewilding journey.

Kate is passionate about restoring our wild places, particularly rivers and wetlands. Growing up by the River Thames and working for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has left her with a keen sense of the loss of wildness these places have undergone and why it’s so important to allow them to heal.

Fun fact: Kate enjoys cold water swimming and can sometimes be found at Clevedon marine pool even in January.

Marie Negus - Fundraiser (Trusts, Grants and Corporates)

Marie supports fundraising and development at Rewilding Britain, including working with corporate partners, grant-giving trusts and foundations, and managing our Incubator Fund, which aims to foster the scale and ambition of rewilding projects.

Having worked in development and fundraising for more than 12 years, rooted in a focus on social change in the creative sector, she has a wealth of experience in working with outcomes-based models that have robust and credible evaluation at their core. 

Marie has a great passion for wildlife and ecological restoration. She previously volunteered for global climate and biodiversity campaign Rewriting Extinction and is currently a Trustee for Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

Fun fact:

Marie took part in the London Nightrider, a 100km charity fundraiser, taking in some of the capital city’s most iconic landscapes through the night, and swerving London buses! 

Millie Bonnevay - Engagement Officer

One of our longest standing members of staff, Millie has been with us from the start in 2015. Originally a volunteer, Millie is now an important part of the team — often being the first point of contact for many. She looks after our email enquiries from supporters, members and the public. Millie also supports our fundraising goals and is helping with the development of our Rewilding Network

Millie has a background in geology and climate science, but is also an ecology and trees whizz. 

Fun fact: Millie was going to be a dentist, before changing her mind at the last minute and doing earth sciences (geophysics and geochemistry).

Rebecca Wrigley - Chief Executive

Rebecca is one of the founders of Rewilding Britain and is now our Chief Executive. Leading on the development of Rewilding Britain’s strategies, she creates and implements our vision and mission of rewilding Britain for a healthier, wilder future. She manages the overall operations and resources of Rewilding Britain and acts as the main point of communication between the board of directors and the rest of the team. 

She has worked in the voluntary and public sectors for 23 years, 15 years at senior management level. Her particular expertise is engaging local communities in decision-making about their land and resources. Rebecca has developed and implemented conservation and community development programmes in the UK, Mexico, Uganda and New Zealand.

Rebecca has always enjoyed experiences of wild nature — having watched gorillas, seen turtles hatch and dived with sharks — but nowadays this is more likely to be trapping elephant hawk moths with her daughter in the back garden!

Fun fact: Rebecca can salsa dance! 

Richard Bunting - Press and Media

Richard is responsible for our appearances in the media, from developing proactive stories and writing press releases to organising media interviews and managing queries from journalists – helping to raise awareness about Rewilding Britain and the positive changes we want to see. 

He has over 30 years’ experience of communications, campaigning and journalism – as Communications Director of Amnesty International, and as a consultant working with many NGOs, charities and UN agencies, including UNICEF and the World Health Organization, and other rewilding charities such as Trees for Life. He managed media relations on the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Indian Ocean Tsunami Appeal that raised £392m.

Richard also edits online magazines, Little Green Space and Green Adventures.

Fun fact: Richard had a small and forgettable role as an extra in cult movie The Princess Bride!

Richard Miller - Finance and Operations Lead

Richard deals with all of our financial procedures, HR, data and operational systems at Rewilding Britain (RB). He keeps the team developing through providing support and training opportunities, ensures all things IT are running smoothly, oversees our internal communications, helps to run our live webinars and ensures we are all paid! 

Richard is an experienced chartered accountant, and a specialist in charities and not for profits.

Richard’s love of the natural environment began in his youth with fell-walking and climbing in the Lakes, Snowdonia and the Peak District. Today Richard lives in Devon, with time away from work spent paddleboarding on the Kingsbridge Estuary. He is particularly interested in how marine rewilding projects could bring benefits to people and wild nature on a growing scale.

Fun fact: Miller Street in Birmingham is named after his family, who manufactured cycle lamps in the city.

Sara King - Rewilding Network Lead

Sara is spearheading the development and project management of our Rewilding Network. From mapping out deadlines, project commitments and the minimum viable product, our new network is on track to being the first of its kind in the UK. Sara is also working on data collection, content writing, map building and setting up connections across Britain to ensure the success of its launch in coordination with the project team and partners.

Sara has a strong background in rewilding, biodiversity monitoring and assessment, species reintroductions, land management and restoration plans.

Fun fact: Sara wrote a wildlife poem age nine which was published in a Young Poets from Somerset book! 

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