I have worked for the National Trust for 35yrs on coastal and marine issues. In 2007 I was appointed as National Trust Coast and Marine Adviser working across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, supporting colleagues dealing with coastal change issues and working with external partners and government to promote sustainable approaches to coastal and marine management. I was awarded a Masters in Environmental Management by the University of London, with a focus on natural environment and culture heritage issues.
In a European and international context, I Chaired the Europarc Atlantic Isles Coast and Marine working group advocating for integrated coastal management in the context of protected areas. I have links with the International National Trust Association (INTO), delivering a seminar on coastal issues at the 2015 Congress in Cambridge (UK), and earlier that year presenting a webinar on coastal change to a range of INTO members across the globe.
In the mid 1990’s I was part of a delegation to the Baltic States under the Phare Programme, evaluating the natural and cultural heritage status and needs of these States as they sought accession to the European Union, of which they are now members.
I maintain my academic interests through teaching coastal and marine management at a number of universities, sitting periodically as an external evaluating new Masters programmes and collaborating on research projects related to furthering the understanding of climate change driven coastal change and impacts upon the natural environment and culture heritage.