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.
Emma is our storyteller. From the impact of our work, findings from our research to the messages behind our campaigns — Emma makes sure you’re the first to know about it. So when you see us busy on social media or reading your rewilding e‑newsletter, you know who’s writing it. Emma also supports Kate in developing our supporter messaging, plans our webinars and ensures all of our comms plans are up to date and on brand.
Emma has over 10 years experience in environmental communications for environmental and charity NGOs. Emma loves burying herself in a book, laying among flowers and being by the sea.
Fun fact: Emma wrote a fantasy novel on the theme of rewilding at the age of 19 — which is still a kept secret.
Emma provides support across the team with all things finance, HR, IT and general admin. She helps plan and run our meeting logistics and provides support in some of our smaller fundraising activities and data management.
Emma is a keen volunteer having supported various practical environmental projects at countryside sites in the UK and abroad and as a committee member at her local pre and primary schools. In her spare time, Emma can be found building dens with her children, walking her dog, taking too many photos.
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!
Guy is responsible for coordinating and delivering a coordinated strategy across our policy influencing and campaigning work.
Guy joined the team in January 2021 after being a campaigner at Friends of the Earth for over 8 years, where he campaigned on everything from doubling the UK’s tree cover to halting fracking and ending coal. Previously he co-directed a small think tank, and worked for the UK Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry.
Guy is also a keen writer and author of the book Who Owns England? (William Collins, 2019), an investigation into land ownership. He is fascinated by how we use and misuse land, how landowners can be persuaded to rewild, and how we all become better connected to nature.
Fun fact: Guy is keen on drawing, and won a Blue Peter green badge aged 8 for submitting a cartoon strip about recycling.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Fun fact: Richard had a small and forgettable role as an extra in cult movie The Princess Bride!
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 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!
Susan is leading on creating content for Rewilding Britain’s website that will help illuminate and guide people on their rewilding journey. She helped launch Rewilding Britain in 2015 then left to work on other nature-related projects (including a rewilding documentary with Rewilding Europe) before returning in late 2019 to research and lay the foundations for the Rewilding Network.
Susan is the lead writer of SCOTLAND: a rewilding journey, and has scripted various short promos and animations. She loves playing with words and pictures but would rather be outdoors, preferably in a pinewood in early autumn. She’s fascinated by the interconnectedness of everything.
Fun fact: Susan is still trying to learn Gaelic and break through the bar chord barrier of guitar playing.
Main image: Puffins — James Warwick/Wildscreen